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17th Feb 2016

VIDEO: Did Liverpool and Manchester United target Renato Sanches invent a new showboat tackle?

Unbelievable (defensive) tekkers

Nooruddean Choudry

We’ve had the Higuita scorpion kick, the rabona, the Cruyff turn and the no-look pass.

But Benfica youngster Renato Sanches may have invented a whole new skill that youngsters around the world will be trying out for themselves. Introducing – the Renatackle.


The 18-year-old Portuguese prodigy is a target for Man United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and a host of other top clubs, and produced another star performance against Zenit Saint Petersburg in Tuesday’s Champions League encounter.

But one moment stood out for its sheer impudence and invention. Closing down Zenit forward Hulk, Sanches managed to tackle him with his wrong foot – in a kind of rabona type interception.

Whether he planned it or merely instinctive invention, it was certainly effective and a stylish way of winning possession. Check it out below…

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