Alphonso Davies had a failed move to Manchester United prior to becoming a star at Bayern Munich.
The German giants are as good as in the next round after a 3-0 over Chelsea on Tuesday night.
Serge Gnabry scored twice and Robert Lewandowski grabbed a third to make it an easy ride for the Bavarians.
And it was Davies' barnstorming run that set up the Polish striker, who netted his first Champions League knockout stage goal in two years.
The 19-year-old was utterly sublime throughout the contest and the assist topped what was a successful night.
The Canada international showcased a jawdropping pace that left Chelsea stars such as Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jorginho in the dust.
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Davies joined Bayern in 2019 from Vancouver Whitecaps but he was close to moving to United in 2017, reported the Manchester Evening News .
The Red Devils invited him to a trial in January for three weeks.
But instead the teenager, 17 at the time, spent time with Canada's Olympics team.
The full-back made his international debut at the age of 16 in a friendly against Curacao.
Meanwhile, Bayern star Thomas Muller was full of praise for the youngster after his stellar display in the Champions League.
"The lad is blessed with a rapid sprint, the sort we've not had at Bayern for a long time,” the Germany international said.
“The applause from the fans at full time was fully deserved.
“He's learnt a lot tactically since he's been here. It was a world-class performance."
While BT Sport’s Owen Hargreaves was also complimentary, saying: “What an athlete he is by the way, 19 years old.
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“He’s a winger, he’s played as a full-back this season and he’s been absolutely outrageous.
“The pace of him and Gnabry down that left-hand side, they were scary.
“I think it was just a step too far for Chelsea. This is a very, very good Bayern team."
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