The 18-year-old holding midfielder has taken showboating from offence to defence, with a tackle the likes of which you have probably never seen.


A ‘rabona’ is when you kick the ball with your kicking leg wrapped behind your standing leg. It is a trick which is used by skilful attacking players to dazzle the audience, as well as add some trickery to an attacking move.

However, Manchester United target and Portuguese teenage sensation Renato Sanches probably became the first person in professional footballing history to use the trick as part of a defensive manoeuvre .

People don’t quite know what to call his tackle on Brazilian forward Hulk during Benfica’s Champions League match against Zenit St. Petersburg — you have to see it to believe it. Check out Renato Sanches and his Rabona tackle in the video below.

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