No other players in Champions League who give the best than the one Leroy Sane enjoyed against Real Madrid last Tuesday (17/3). Sane had the opportunity to come to the pitch by an early injury to Eric Choupo Moting, and produced a truly superb strike from the edge of the area.
His effort successfully brought Schalke back to 3-3 in the middle of pulsating match that so nearly saw them complete a remarkable turnaround against the competition holders.
Following the match, Sane described his experience as a “dream come true”, although he admitted he felt a bit of regret, given that Schalke were unable to continue their progress to the last eight in the tournament at Madrid’s expense.
Sane experienced the similar feeling after scoring another amazing goal in his first league start for the club. The away match ended with 2-2 draw to Hertha Berlin. Yet on a purely individual level, it has been a fine week for the 19-year-old forward.
Leroy Sane was born in Essen, Germany in January 11th, 1996. He was signed by Schalke at the age of nine since the son of German rhythmic gymnast champion, Regina Weber and Senegalese international footballer, Souleyman Sane showed good athletic ability from an early age. Between 2008 and 2011 he left Schalke to join Bayer Leverkusen, only to return and quickly establish himself as a highly promising player.
He made his Bundesliga debut at the age of 18 in a match against Stuttgart after impressing for the U19 side that reached the semifinals of the UEFA Youth League. He has been used more regularly as a substitute during the current season and produced his first senior goal for Schalke in a 2-1 home defeat to Koln in December.
He has scored twice in his five appearances on pitch for Germany’s U19 side and will be part of Markus Sorg’s men for the upcoming European U19 Championship qualifiers against Slovakia, Republic of Ireland and the Czech Republic at the end of the month.
The young forward or attacking midfielder is confident to use his left foot while playing on the pitch, with good close control, a swift burst of acceleration and powerful shot. He likes to drift into the right channel and cut inside from there onto his favored foot. Sane has not yet strong enough to be an effective back-to-goal reference, in which he does not yet have the necessary strength to impose himself.
Sane signed a contract through to June 2017 last summer, and at the time he stated that he was “really proud to be able to continue playing for a club as big as Schalke.”