Christian Benteke Biography
Christian Benteke (full name: Christian Benteke Liolo) is a Belgian professional footballer born on 3rd December 1990 in Kinshasa, Zaire. He plays as a striker for English club Crystal Palace and the Belgium national team.
He began his career at Standard Liège, playing a part in their 2008–09 Belgian First Division triumph. Following a season at Genk he was signed for £7 million by Aston Villa. He scored 49 goals in 100 matches for Villa across all competitions, including 19 Premier League goals in his debut season and helped them to the 2015 FA Cup Final, before transferring to Liverpool in 2015 for £32.5 million.
Since making his debut in 2010, Benteke has earned over 30 caps for Belgium. He missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup due to an injury, but was part of the Belgium team that reached the quarter-finals of UEFA Euro 2016.
Christian Benteke Age
Christian was born on 3rd December 1990 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He is 28 years as of 2018.
Christian Benteke Family
Benteke’s parents are Marie-Claire Benteke (mother) and Jean-Pierre Benteke (father). His father was an army officer but in 1993 he decided to quit Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Zaire was under the rule of the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko and his son Kongulu Mobutu and as a family, they emigrated to Liège, Belgium for fears of assassination for deserting the army. Seeking asylum was the only option as dictator Mobutu had already ordered his arrest.
Christian Benteke Brother
Benteke has two siblings a sister by the name Sara and a younger brother, Jonathan. Jonathan is a professional footballer playing as a striker for Oldham Athletic. He joined Crystal Palace in the 2016/2017 season before moving to Omonia in Cyprus that same season.
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Christian Benteke Wife
Benteke got married to his long-term partner and girlfriend, Fortune Benteke, in a lavish private ceremony on July 8, 2017. The couple has two children together; Jaden and Nylah. They had been together for a long time and did not reveal anything about their love affair before their wedding. He shared numerous pictures of his wedding on Instagram.
Christian Benteke Nationality
He is of African ethnicity and holds a Belgian and Congolese nationality.
Christian Benteke Religion
The Belgium International is a christian.
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Christian Benteke Current Teams
- Crystal Palace F.C. (#17 / Forward)
- Belgium national football team (#20 / Forward)
Christian Benteke Net worth and Salary
Benteke lives in a luxurious house in Great Britain. His primary source of wealth is soccer. As a Crystal Palace forward, he earns £120,000 as weekly wage, i.e., a salary of £6,480,000 annually. He has an estimated net worth of £25 million, and his market value is around €22.00 million.
Christian Benteke Jersey
Christian plays with the jersey number 17 for the English club Crystal Palace and number 20 for the Belgium national team.
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Christian Benteke Standard Liege and Genk
Benteke played youth football for JS Pierreuse and later Standard Liège before moving to Genk. He rejoined Standard in January 2009 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.
He returned to Genk from Standard in August 2011 for an undisclosed fee, and went on to score 16 goals and register nine assists in 20 starts during the 2011–12 season. After beginning the 2012–13 season with three goals from five league matches, Benteke was subject of an offer of €6m from Premier League club Aston Villa in August 2012.
Christian Benteke Aston Vila
He joined Premier League club Aston Villa on 31 August 2012 for a four-year deal for a fee believed to be around £7 million. The star scored on his debut for Aston Villa in a 2–0 win against Swansea City, after coming on as a substitute on 15 September 2012. He then scored Villa’s only goal in a 1–1 home draw with Norwich City. He added a further two goals to his tally during a 3–2 victory over Swindon Town in the League Cup. He scored the winner in a 1–0 Premier League victory for Villa against Reading at Villa Park on 27 November to continue his impressive start in English football.
Benteke’s 23 goals in 2012–13 led to speculation about his future, and in early July 2013 he submitted a transfer request. Villa said he could leave only if their valuation were met, but a fortnight later he withdrew his transfer request, after talks with manager Paul Lambert, and signed a new four-year contract with the club. On his second pre-season appearance, he scored a hat-trick against Crewe Alexandra in a 5–1 victory. He finished pre-season with seven goals in five appearances, including two goals against Málaga at Villa Park.
On 3 April 2014, Benteke suffered a rupture of his achilles tendon while training and was ruled out for at least six months, missing the remainder of the season and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He then scored his second goal of the 2014-15 season against Manchester United in a 1–1 draw at Villa Park. It took him until early March to score his next goal, a 94th-minute penalty in a local derby against rivals West Bromwich Albion. In April, he scored his second Premier League hat-trick in a 3–3 draw with Queens Park Rangers. Twelve days later, he equalized as Villa came from behind to defeat Liverpool and reach the 2015 FA Cup Final, their first for fifteen years.
On 2 May, he scored twice in a 3–2 win at home to Everton, taking him to a total of eleven goals in nine matches since the arrival of Tim Sherwood as manager. Six days later, Benteke was announced as the Player of the Month for April. He played the full 90 minutes in the FA Cup Final as Villa lost 0–4 to Arsenal, being beaten to a header by Per Mertesacker for the third goal of the rout.
Christian Benteke Liverpool
Benteke joined the English football club, “Liverpool” on July 22, 2015, with a transfer fee of €46.50 million and his first match was on August 2 against Swindon Town F.C. Later, he scored his first goal against Bournemouth. He scored 9 goals in 29 games until 2016.
Christian Benteke Crystal Palace
On 20 August 2016, Premier League side Crystal Palace completed the signing of Benteke on a four-year deal for a fee of £27m which could rise by a further £5m, bringing the total fee to £32m. He scored his first goal on 10 September 2016 in a 1–2 victory against Middlesbrough, in just his second league game.
On 24 September 2016, Benteke headed home a goal against Sunderland in the 94th minute to cap Palace’s comeback from 2–0 down to win 3–2. On 3 December 2016 (Benteke’s birthday), he scored twice in a 3–0 win over Southampton that ended Palace’s run of six consecutive defeats. Benteke marked his return to Anfield, the ground of his former club Liverpool, with two goals in a 2–1 win on 23 April 2017.
Christian Benteke International career
The player was a member of the Belgium U17 team at 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea where he played three games and scored once. On 19 May 2010, he made his senior debut for the Belgium national team in a friendly match against Bulgaria in Brussels after his former coach at Kortrijk, Georges Leekens, became national coach. On 15 August 2012, he scored his first goal in a 4–2 win against the Netherlands. Since then, he has become a regular starter for Belgium under Marc Wilmots. On 29 May 2013, he scored twice in a 4–2 friendly victory against the United States in Cleveland, Ohio.
Benteke returned to Belgium’s squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, scoring his first international goal for two years in a 5–0 defeat of Cyprus on 28 March 2015. He was selected for the final tournament in France, and made his tournament debut in the second group game on 18 June, replacing Romelu Lukaku for the last seven minutes of a 3–0 win over the Republic of Ireland in Bordeaux. He played three more minutes in place of the same player four days later in a victory over Sweden, but took no further part as the Belgians reached the quarter-finals and lost to Wales.
On 10 October 2016, Benteke set a record for the fastest goal in a World Cup match—either qualifying or the finals—when he scored after 8.1 seconds against Gibraltar in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, breaking the 23-year-old record previously held by Davide Gualtieri. He scored twice more to complete his first hat-trick for Belgium.
Christian Benteke Boots
For the 2018-19 season, Benteke wears the Nike Hypervenom Phantom III DF soccer cleats.
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Christian Benteke has had minor knee surgery but will return to training ‘very soon’, insists Crystal Palace
Adopted from: independent.co.uk
Published: Oct 11, 2018
The 27-year-old striker has made just four appearances this season without scoring, and last featured for Palace in their 2-0 defeat against Southampton in the Premier League on 1 September.
Palace said that surgery was decided upon after “conservative management” had failed to resolve the knee problem, which first presented itself during preseason.
“The club can confirm that Christian Benteke has undergone minor arthroscopic explorative surgery and washout of his knee, as it had not been settling with conservative management,” a statement issued on Palace’s official website said.
“The surgeon was happy with the outcome and we expect Christian to return to training very soon. A further update will be given in a few weeks’ time.”
On Twitter, Benteke added: “After discussions with medical staff it was decided minor arthroscopy would be the best way to get me back on the pitch at 100%.