Christian Benteke

Name:
Christian Benteke
Nationality:
Congolese
Date of Birth:
03/12/1990
Height:
6' 3" (190cm)
Weight:
13st 1lbs (83.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Genk, Standard Liege, Genk
Position:
Striker


Nicknamed the 'Beast', powerful forward Christian Benteke possesses the perfect mix of strength and skill.

The 23-year-old arrived from Genk in August 2012 and is a popular figure amongst the Villa Park faithful.

He netted on his debut in a win over Swansea City and scored two goals in Villa's 3-1 win against Liverpool at Anfield in December 2012.

Just a few months into his claret and blue career, manager Paul Lambert was full of praise for his forward, admitting "you run out of things to say about the guy."

In his maiden season, he eclipsed two records.

The first, Dwight Yorke's record for the most Premier League goals by a Villa player and overtaking Juan Pablo Angel by passing the 20 goal mark in all competitions.

After signing a new four-year deal, the Belgian international took his postiive form into his second pre-season where he scored seven goals in five appearances including a hat-trick against Crewe Alexandra.

Benteke grabbed a brace in Villa's memorable 3-1 victory at Arsenal on the opening day of last season and scored in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Injury hampered his early season form and the striker was back to his best in the new year scoring against Arsenal, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.

He then scored a brace, in the form of a stunning overhead kick and a header in a crucial 4-1 win over Norwich City.

In April 2014, he suffered a ruptured achilles which ruled him out for the remainder of the Barclays Premier League season and heatbreakingly the World Cup in Brazil.

Although his return date is not yet set, Benteke is said to be making good progress and will play a crucial role throughout the 2014-15 season.


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