Christian Benteke Bio

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FULL NAMEChristian Benteke Liolo
BORNDecember 3, 1990
HEIGHT1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
NATIONALITYBelgian, Zairian, Congolese
ROLEStriker

Christian Benteke Liolo, popularly known as Christian Benteke, is a Belgian footballer who currently plays as a striker for Crystal Palace in the Premier League. He was born on December 3, 1990, and mostly plays the position of Centre-Forward.

He is a member of the Belgium National Team and is from Kinshasa, Zaire. He relocated to Belgium in 2013 after fleeing with his family during the Mobutu era. He began his junior career with teams such as JS Pierreuse, Standard Liège, and Genk.

Club Career

Benteke began his professional career at the age of six, playing for JS Pierreuse and Standard Liège before joining Genk.

In 2009, he signed a loan deal with KV Kortrijk, where he scored 14 goals in the Belgian Pro League, helping the club to their best ever finish.

He joined Aston Villa in the English Premier League in 2013, where he had a few outstanding seasons before joining Liverpool in the summer of 2015.

In 89 appearances for the Villa, he scored 42 goals in all competitions.

He was never able to secure a starting role at Liverpool, especially when Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as manager.

After only one season on Merseyside, he moved to Crystal Palace. He struggled mightily in his second season at Palace, squandering a slew of gilt-edged chances.

He also plays for the Belgian National Team and has previously represented Belgium at the U17, U18, U19, and U21 levels.

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