Cristian Benavente

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Cristian Benavente
Personal information
Full name Cristian Benavente Bristol
Date of birth (1994-05-19) 19 May 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Charleroi
Number 14
Youth career
1999–2000 Vallecana
2000–2002 Santa Eugenia
2002–2013 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Real Madrid B 29 (3)
2015–2016 Milton Keynes Dons 2 (0)
2016– Charleroi 11 (2)
National team
2011 Peru U17 4 (0)
2013 Peru U20 9 (2)
2013– Peru 14 (2)
* 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".[1]

Club career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

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.[2] In the same campaign he also was Juvenil A topscorer, netting 18 goals.[3]

In July 2013 Benavente was promoted to Castilla,[4] 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.[5]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 17 July 2015, Benavente signed on a free transfer to English Football League Championship side Milton Keynes Dons on a two-year deal.[6] 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.[7]

On 5 January 2016, Benavente was released from the club.[1]

Charleroi[edit]

International career[edit]

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.[8] He scored his first international goal on 1 June 2013, the winner in a 2–1 victory over Panama.[9]

International goals[edit]

As of match played 23 May 2016. Peru score listed first, score column indicates score after each Benavente goal.[10]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
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

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 11 August 2015[11][12]
Club Season League League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
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
Total 31 3 0 0 0 0 30 3

Personal[edit]

His mother, Magali Bristol, was a former volleyball player for Peru's U17 and U20 teams, and is a part owner of Zest nightclub in Ipswich.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MK Dons release Peruvian winger Cristian Benavente from contract". BBC Sport. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Seis cracks de la cantera del Madrid que harán pretemporada con el Castilla" [Six aces who will make the pre-season with Castilla] (in Spanish). JoinFutbol. 26 June 2012. Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Top scorers from 'The Factory'". Real Madrid's official website. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Cristian Benavente fue promovido a Real Madrid Castilla (Cristian Benavente was promoted to Real Madrid Castilla); Libero, 12 July 2013 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ El Castilla evidencia su falta de efectivos (Castilla evidences their lack of establishment); Marca, 24 August 2013 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ "Dons bag Madrid's Benavente". Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "BBC Sport - MK Dons 2-1 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  8. ^ International friendly: Peru 0 Mexico 0; Global Sports Media, 18 April 2013
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ "C Benavente". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Fábio Coentrão". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Cristian Benavente at ESPN FC
  13. ^ "The 'Peruvian'". Joinfútbol. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 

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