Christian Benítez

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Christian Benítez
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Benítez playing for Club América in 2012
Personal information
Full name Christian Rogelio Benítez Betancourt
Date of birth (1986-05-01)May 1, 1986
Place of birth Quito, Ecuador
Date of death July 29, 2013(2013-07-29) (aged 27)
Place of death Doha, Qatar
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1997–2005 El Nacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 El Nacional 84 (29)
2007–2011 Santos Laguna 95 (51)
2009–2010Birmingham City (loan) 30 (3)
2011–2013 América 79 (52)
2013 El Jaish 0 (0)
Total 288 (135)
National team
2005–2013 Ecuador 58 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Christian Rogelio Benítez Betancourt (May 1, 1986 – July 29, 2013), also known as Chucho, was an Ecuadorian footballer who played as a forward for El Jaish of the Qatar Stars League at the time of his death.

On July 29, 2013, Benítez entered a hospital in Doha, Qatar because of a "strong pain" in his abdomen. He later went into respiratory failure.[2] He died from complications leading to cardiac arrest at the age of 27.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Christian Benítez". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  2. "Paralelo 23". Ordorica, Ana Paula. Paralelo 23. Televisa. FOROtv, Mexico City. 11:30-[[13:00 (CST)]].
  3. "Christian Benitez: Former Birmingham striker dies aged 27". BBC Sport. July 29, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  4. "Christian Benítez falleció en Qatar". El Comercio (in Spanish). July 29, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2013.

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