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Christian Benítez
Benítez playing for Club América in 2012
Personal information
Full nameChristian Rogelio Benítez Betancourt
Date of birthMay 1, 1986(1986-05-01)
Place of birthQuito, Ecuador
Date of deathJuly 29, 2013(2013-07-29) (aged 27)
Place of deathDoha, Qatar
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Playing positionStriker
Youth career
1997–2005El Nacional
Senior career*
2004–2007El Nacional84(29)
2007–2011Santos Laguna95(51)
2009–2010Birmingham City (loan)30(3)
2013El Jaish0(0)
National team
* 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]


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