• Christian Benitez was born in Quito, May 1st 1986. The son of former Ecuador international footballer Ermen Benitez.
  • He earned a place in the Ecuador national team after being acknowledged with the 'Best Player in Ecuadorian Serie A' award in 2006.
  • A move to Mexican side Santos Laguna in 2007 followed and a year later he helped them win the league title by contributing 10 goals.
  • In June 2009, Benitez joined Alex McLeish's Birmingham City on loan and scored goals against Liverpool and Everton.
  • After returning to Santos for another successful season, Benitez then signed for America in May 2011 for $10m, a record fee for a Mexican club.
  • Benitez always played number 11 and has a tattoo which honours his two children (twins) Roger and Emily.
  • Here Benitez celebrates scoring against Peru during the 2014 World Cup  qualifier match. In total he scored 24 goals for Ecuador in 58 appearances.
  • The striker attempts to tackle Lionel Messi during Ecuador's World Cup qualifier against Argentina.
  • 'Chucho' enjoyed his time in Mexico, twice Liga MX Best Player and four times Golden Boot winner.
  • In his last game for America, he scored the second goal in a penalty shootout which helped them win the Liga MX 2013 Clausura.
  • In July 2013, Benitez signs for El Jaish but suffers a cardiorespiratory arrest after being admitted to hospital with stomach pains following his debut.

Christian Benitez

Christian Benitez was born in Quito, May 1st 1986. The son of former Ecuador international footballer Ermen Benitez.