Christian Benteke Bio, Net Worth, Salary, Married, Wife, Nationality, Age, Height, Transfer News, Teams Played, Wiki, Awards, Facts, Contract, Kids
What is Benteke Famous For?
- Being a professional football player.
- Won the 2008-09 Belgian First Division with Standard Liege.
- Won the April 2015 Premier League Player of the Month.
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Where is Benteke From?
Benteke was born on 3 December 1990. His birth name is Christian Benteke Liolo. His birthplace is Kinshasa, Zaire. He and his family fled during the Mobutu regime and in 1993 immigrated to Liege, Belgium. He is one of the three children of Jean-Pierre Benteke and Marie-Claire Benteke where he grew up with his sister, Sara, and his younger brother, Jonathan, who is also a footballer. He holds Belgian, Zairian, and Congolese nationality. He belongs to the African ethnicity. His religion is Christianity. His horoscope sign is Sagittarius.
Benteke Football Career Timeline
- He started playing football for the youth team of JS Pierreuse and later on played for Standard Liege and Genk.
- In January 2009, he rejoined Standard Liege and scored three goals in 12 matches as the Walloon club won the 2008-09 Belgian championship.
- On 7 August 2009, he joined KV Kortrijk on loan for a season, where he scored 14 goals in the Belgian Pro League, including five goals in the Championship play-offs, as the club achieved its best-ever finish.
- In the 2010-11 season, he joined KV Mechelen on loan for a season, where he seven goals from 25 appearances.
- In August 2011, he returned to Genk from Standard for an undisclosed fee and went on to score 16 goals and register nine assists in 20 starts during the 2011-12 season.
- On 31 August 2012, he joined Premier League club Crystal Palace on a four-year deal for a fee believed to be around £7 million.
- On 15 September 2012, he scored on his debut for Aston Villa in a 2-0 win against Swansea City, after coming on as a substitute for Austrian forward Andreas Weimann.
- He was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year after his excellent debut season, eventually finishing as runner-up to eventual double award winner Gareth Bale.
- On 29 April, he scored his first hat-trick for Aston Villa in a 6-1 thrashing of Sunderland.
- In 2015, he was announced as the Premier League Player of the Month for April.
- From 2012-15, he scored 42 goals from 89 appearances for Aston Villa, in all competitions.
- On 22 July 2015, Liverpool secured the services of the Belgian hitman after they met his release clause of £32.5 million.
- On 2 August 2015, he made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Swindon Town, putting Liverpool into the lead with a volley as they went on to win 2-1.
- On 9 August, he made his competitive debut by starting in a 0-1 win against Stoke City.
- Eight days later he scored his first league goal for Liverpool in a 1-0 home win against a newly promoted Bournemouth.
- On 8 January 2016, he was named as captain for Liverpool's FA Cup third-round tie with Exeter City at St James Park.
- After Jurgen Klopp took over as manager from Brendan Rodgers, he could never nail down his starting spot at Liverpool. Because of this, he ended his stint at Liverpool after making 42 appearances and scoring 10 goals.
- On 20 August 2016, he joined Crystal Palace on a four-year deal for a fee of £27million.
- On 10 September 2016, he scored his first goal for Palace in a 1-2 victory against Middlesbrough.
- On 23 April 2017, he marked his return to Anfield, the ground of his former club Liverpool, with two goals in a 2-1 win. He finished his first season with Palace as their top-scorer, with 15 league goals and 17 in total.
- The 2017-2018 season turned out to be a disaster for the striker as he managed only 3 goals in 30 games all season.
- In an injury-affected 2018-19 season, he scored once in 19 appearances in all competitions and had not scored by October of the 2019-20 campaign.
- Despite this loss of form, in that same month, he signed a contract extension keeping him at Crystal Palace until the end of the 2020-21 season.
Benteke International Career
- He has represented Belgium at various age levels.
- He was a member of the Belgium U17 team at the 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup in South Korea where he scored one goal in 3 appearances.
- On 19 May 2010, he made his senior debut for the Belgium national team in a friendly match against Bulgaria.
- On 15 August 2012, he scored his first goal in a 4-2 win against the Netherlands.
- He scored two goals in seven appearances during qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup but missed the tournament finals with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
- He was part of their team that reached the quarter-finals of UEFA Euro 2016.
- On 10 October 2016, he holds the record for the fastest goal in a FIFA World Cup competition, having scored in just 8.1 seconds in the match against Gibraltar in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, breaking the 23-year-old record previously held by Davide Gualtieri. He also scored twice more to complete his first hat-trick for Belgium.
- He was left out of the final Belgium 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup despite initially being named in the preliminary squad.
- Today he has earned over 30 caps for Belgium since making his debut in 2010.
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Did You Know?
- He was born in Kinshasa in 1990 where he and his family fled during the Mobutu regime and immigrated to Liege, Belgium in 1993.
- He started his career at the early age of 6.
- His younger brother, Jonathan, is also a footballer and plays as a forward for Belgian club URSL Vise.
- In Crystal Palace, he finished his first season as their top-scorer, with 15 league goals and 17 in total.
- He named Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as the man he looks up to the most in football.
- He wears shirt number 20 for Crystal Palace.