Christian Benítez, also known as Chucho, was an Ecuadorian footballer.
Benítez emerged through the youth system of Ecuadorian club El Nacional where he also started his senior career in 2004. Three years later Chucho moved to Santos Laguna. From 2007 to 2011 the striker netted 51 goals in 95 matches which grabbed the attention of different European clubs. As a result, in 2009 Benítez was loaned to English club Birmingham City.
In 2011 Christian completed a deal with América and represented the team for two years. In 2013 Benitez joined a Qatari side El Jaish but died from cardiac arrest one day after his debut for the club.
From 2005 to 2013 the striker was called up 58 times to the Ecuador national football team and notched 24 goals.
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