|Full name||Cristian Benavente Bristol|
|Date of birth||19 May 1994|
|Place of birth||Alcalá de Henares, Spain|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2013–2015||Real Madrid B||29||(3)|
|2015–2016||Milton Keynes Dons||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 October 2016
Cristian Benavente Bristol (born 19 May 1994) is a Peruvian professional footballer who plays for Peru as an attacking midfielder. Born in Spain, he represents Peru internationally, and is known as the "Peruvian Ronaldinho".
Born in Alcalá de Henares, Benavente joined Real Madrid's youth system in 2002, aged 8. In the 2013 summer, while still a junior, he was named to Real Madrid Castilla's pre-season squad for the 2012–13 season. In the same campaign he also was Juvenil A topscorer, netting 18 goals.
In July 2013 Benavente was promoted to Castilla, and made his professional debut on 24 August, playing the last 11 minutes of a 0–1 home loss against AD Alcorcón, for the Segunda División championship.
Milton Keynes Dons
On 17 July 2015, Benavente signed on a free transfer to English Football League Championship side Milton Keynes Dons on a two-year deal. He made his debut for the club on 11 August in the 2–1 League Cup first round win over Leyton Orient at Stadium mk.
On 5 January 2016, Benavente was released from the club.
After appearing with the under-17 and under-20 teams, Benavente made his full squad debut on 18 April 2013, as a half-time substitute in a 0–0 friendly draw against Mexico at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. He scored his first international goal on 1 June 2013, the winner in a 2–1 victory over Panama.
- As of match played 23 May 2016. Peru score listed first, score column indicates score after each Benavente goal.
|1||1 June 2013||Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama||2||Panama||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|2||23 May 2016||Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima, Peru||10||Trinidad and Tobago||4–0||4–0||Friendly|
|Real Madrid Castilla||2013–14||Segunda División||8||0||—||—||—||—||8||0|
|2014–15||Segunda División B||21||3||—||—||—||—||21||3|
|Milton Keynes Dons||2015–16||Championship||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
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- Cristian Benavente fue promovido a Real Madrid Castilla (Cristian Benavente was promoted to Real Madrid Castilla); Libero, 12 July 2013 (in Spanish)
- El Castilla evidencia su falta de efectivos (Castilla evidences their lack of establishment); Marca, 24 August 2013 (in Spanish)
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- "BBC Sport - MK Dons 2-1 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
- International friendly: Peru 0 Mexico 0; Global Sports Media, 18 April 2013
- Perú venció 2-1 a Panamá con goles de Yordy Reyna y Cristian Benavente (Peru defeats Panama by 2–1 with goals from Yordy Reyna and Cristian Benavente); Libero, 1 June 2013 (in Spanish)
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- "Fábio Coentrão". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- Cristian Benavente at ESPN FC
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