Darío Benedetto

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Darío Benedetto
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Benedetto with Argentina in 2017
Personal information
Full name Darío Ismael Benedetto
Date of birth (1990-05-17) 17 May 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth Berazategui, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Marseille
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Arsenal de Sarandí 51 (9)
2010Defensa y Justicia (loan) 23 (2)
2011Gimnasia de Jujuy (loan) 19 (11)
2013–2014 Tijuana 43 (21)
2015–2016 América 49 (17)
2016–2019 Boca Juniors 49 (32)
2019– Marseille 26 (11)
National team
2017– Argentina 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 March 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 March 2019

Darío Ismael "Pipa" Benedetto (born 17 May 1990) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Marseille and the Argentina national football team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Darío Benedetto began his career playing for Arsenal de Sarandí in 2008. He was loaned out to Defensa y Justicia in 2010, and then to Gimnasia in 2011, appearing in 19 matches and scoring 11 goals.[2]

Tijuana[edit]

In the summer of 2013, Arsenal sold Benedetto to Mexican club Xolos de Tijuana. On 19 July, he scored a hat-trick on his league debut for the club in a 3–3 draw against Atlas at the Estadio Caliente. Benedetto would not score again until 1 November, scoring a brace against Atlante. For the 2014 Clausura, Benedetto managed to score 7 goals for the club, and scored one in the quarter-finals of the play-offs. The following tournament, the 2014 Apertura, Benedetto scored 9 goals for Tijuana, making him the fourth-best goal scorer of the tournament, behind leaders Mauro Boselli and Camilo Sanvezzo, who scored 12 goals, and Dorlan Pabón, who scored 11 goals. He also had 4 assists. In total, Benedetto scored 21 goals in 43 appearances for Xolos.[3]

América[edit]

On 15 December 2014, it was announced that Benedetto was sold to Club América on a four-year contract. Though details of the transfer went undisclosed, it was believed that América paid US$8 million for the player. He made his debut on 10 January 2015 in América's opening game of the Clausura tournament, a 3–2 victory over León at the Estadio Azteca, providing the assist for Oribe Peralta's second goal. He scored his first goal in a league game against Tigres UANL.[4]

Benedetto was named the best player of the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League, and also won the Golden Boot with teammate Oribe Peralta, scoring seven goals in three matches; four in the 6–0 win over Herediano in the second leg of the semi-finals, and a hat-trick in the 5–3 aggregate victory over Montreal Impact in the Finals.[5]

Boca Juniors[edit]

Benedetto with Boca Juniors in 2016.

On 6 June 2016, Benedetto left to Boca Juniors from America after asking for the transfer.[6] On 25 September, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 win against Quilmes at La Bombonera. Although resisted at first, he was the MVP that lead Boca Juniors to is 32nd national title.

On 19 November 2017, Benedetto ruptured his ACL in a match against Racing Club. He was subsequently ruled out for six months.[7] Benedetto scored 30 goals in 34 appearances across his first two Superliga campaigns with Boca but was on target just twice in 15 outings in 2018–19 after returning from the knee and Achilles injuries.[8]

Marseille[edit]

On 5 August 2019, Benedetto signed a four-year deal with Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille for a reported fee of €14 million.[9] He was given the number 9 shirt.[9] Benedetto scored his first goal as a Marseille player in the first half of a match against OGC Nice on 28 August 2019.[10]

International career[edit]

On 27 August 2017, Benedetto received his first senior call-up by coach Jorge Sampaoli for Argentina's 2018 World Cup qualifying matches against Uruguay and Venezuela.[11] He made his international debut on 5 September 2017 vs. Venezuela, he came on to replace Paulo Dybala as a substitute, the match ended 1–1.[12]

Style of play[edit]

Benedetto is a complete striker praised for his eye for goal, his altruism, his sense of collective and his athletic qualities that make him a player appreciated by coaches. He is an excellent finisher and enhances his team's attacking game. He can play as a "goal poacher" but also knows to play as a winger or lower on the field to use his technical skills and participate in the construction of the game.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 6 March 2020[14]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal de Sarandí 2008–09 Primera División 12 1 12 1
2009–10 1 0 1 0
Defensa y Justicia (loan) 2009–10 Primera B Nacional 13 1 12 1
2010–11 10 1 11 1
Gimnasia (loan) 2010–11 19 11 19 11
Arsenal de Sarandí 2011–12 Primera División 10 1 1 0 11 1
2012–13 28 7 2 2 6 3 36 12
Total 93 22 3 2 6 3 102 27
Tijuana 2013–14 Liga MX 26 12 4 1 30 13
2014–15 17 9 3 1 20 10
Total 43 21 3 1 4 1 50 23
América 2014–15 Liga MX 17 6 3 7 20 13
2015–16 32 11 7 1 2 1 41 13
Total 49 17 10 8 2 1 61 26
Boca Juniors 2015–16 Primera División 3 2 2 0 5 2
2016–17 25 21 3 3 28 24
2017–18 9 9 0 0 6 5 0 0 15 14
2018–19 15 2 5 0 6 3 1 0 27 5
Total 49 32 11 5 14 8 1 0 75 45
Marseille 2019–20 Ligue 1 26 11 2 0 28 11
Career total 260 103 19 8 34 20 3 1 316 133

International[edit]

As of match played 22 March 2019[15]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2017 4 0
2018
2019 1 0
Total 5 0

Honours[edit]

América

Boca Juniors

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.om.fr/fr/effectif/5073/5181/attaquant/16516-dario-benedetto
  2. ^ "Xolos sign Darío Benedetto".
  3. ^ Darío BenedettoLiga MX stats at MedioTiempo.com (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Revive cómo fue el América 1 - 0 Tigres" [Relive how America won 1 - 0 over Tigres]. excelsior.com (in Spanish). Imagen Digital. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Club America beat the Montreal Impact 5-3 on aggregate to win CCL". espnfc.com. ESPN. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Darío Benedetto deja al América para jugar con Boca Juniors". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  7. ^ Garcia, Adriana. "Boca Juniors' Dario Benedetto set for six months out with ACL injury". ESPN. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Marseille Announce Benedetto Signing from Boca". beIN Sports. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Marseille brings in Argentina striker Benedetto". beIN Sports. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Nice - OM en direct live | OM actualité par Le Phocéen". www.lephoceen.fr. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Lista de convocados de Jorge Sampaoli" (in Spanish). AFA. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  12. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - Argentina-Venezuela". FIFA.com. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Avec Dario Benedetto, l'OM à choisi un vrai buteur qu'il faudra relancer". football365.fr (in French). Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Argentina - D. Benedetto - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Benedetto, Darío". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  16. ^ a b c "Why Dario Benedetto Was Key to America's Success in CONCACAF Champions League". Bleacher Report. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Tigres UANL 0 America 2: Benedetto, Martinez score for champions". Four Four Two. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Primera División 2016/2017 - Top Scorer". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Boca Juniors clinch Argentine Superliga title with 2-2 draw". Reuters. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Alfaro: "Lo quiero compartir con Guillermo"" (in Spanish). Fox Sports. 2 May 2019.

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