Christian “Chucho” Benitez was an outstanding player that left a mark in the Liga MX for many goals he scored with both Santos Laguna and Club America. Just a few days ago, Benitez would have celebrated his 34th birthday.
Christian “Chucho” Benitez spent about 5 years in the Liga MX playing with two club teams in Mexico, Santos Laguna, and Club America. Although his career did not last long in Mexico his presence was heavily felt as Benitez was a monster on the field by scoring tremendous goals in almost every game he participated that made him a lethal striker and that is why he is still heavily remembered by many. A four-time crowned winner in Mexico for being the top leading scorer of the tournaments should say a lot when Benitez named is mentioned.
Benitez first step foot in Mexico in 2007 with Santos Laguna where he automatically became a goalscorer that led him to try his abilities in 2009 to the English Premier League with Birmingham City only to last just one tournament and returning to Santos Laguna once again where he scored a total of goals for the team.
During his time with Santos Laguna, Benitez was a role player that helped the club team reach the finals twice and winning one. The Clausura 2008 title was won with the help of Benitez with Santos and the once he returned from England, “Chucho” once again helped lead Los Laguneros to reach the Apertura 2010 finals but to only lose to Monterrey.
After his time with Santos, Benitez also participated with the top club team of Mexico, Club America (2011-2013) where he became an idol for the fans as he scored over 50 goals in just four tournaments played. Leaving his trajectory within the top 20 goalscorers of all time with Las Aguilas. Most importantly, Benitez was part of the dramatic win of Las Aguilas beating their cross-town rivals Cruz Azul in the Clausura 2013 finals, scoring a goal in the penalty shout out.
With all that Benitez did for the Club America, they took to their social media and took the time to show their admiration for the Ecuadorian player and why not, “Chucho” time in Mexico participating in over 180 games played scoring a total of 110 goals during his time with Santos and America it is safe to say he will go down as a legendary player that played in Mexico.
Benitez would have been 34 years old on May 1st, just a few days ago and that is why many players and coaches took the time to air out some memories of Benitez throughout social media.
Rest well “Chucho”, but we heavily miss you!