Benatelli with Dynamo Dresden in 2017
|Date of birth||17 March 1992|
|Place of birth||Herdecke, Germany|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2011–2013||Borussia Dortmund II||63||(14)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2017.
Born in Herdecke and raised in Bochum, Benatelli went through the youth ranks of local heavyweights VfL Bochum. Still during his youth career he moved to Borussia Dortmund where he stayed for five years, playing two years senior football for the club's reserve team in fourth and third tier. 
In July 2015, after Erzgebirge Aue had been relegated from 2. Bundesliga, he joined newly promoted fellow 3. Liga side Würzburger Kickers on a free transfer, signing a two-year-contract until 2017.
- "Benatelli, Rico" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
- "Frank Benatelli: Bundesligascout und Landesligatrainer" [Frank Benatelli: Bundesliga scout and Landesliga coach] (in German). DFB. 23 October 2012. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016.
- "Rico Benatelli: Bochum wollte mich im Sommer nicht haben" [Rico Benatelli: Bochum didn't want me in summer] (in German). freiepresse.de. 17 October 2013. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016.
- "Kickers verpflichten Rico Benatelli vom FC Erzgebirge Aue" [Kickers sign Rico Benatelli from FC Erzgebirge Aue] (in German). Würzburger Kickers. 12 July 2015. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016.
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