Benni McCarthy

Benni McCarthy

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Born: 12/11/77 in Cape Town
Nationality: South Africa South Africa
International Caps: 83
International Debut: 4/6/97 vs Holland

Position: Striker
Club:
Orlando Pirates
Previous clubs:
Seven Stars, Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), Celta Vigo (Spain), Porto (Portugal), Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United (both England)

McCarthy began his career with Seven Stars, where his eye for goal paved the way for a move to Dutch giants Ajax.

Despite scoring an impressive 20 goals in 35 appearances for Ajax, McCarthy soon found himself on the move again, to Spanish outfit Celta Vigo and then to Porto, where he blossomed under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.

McCarthy netted both goals in Porto's home win against Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League before making a cameo appearance for his victorious side in the final against Monaco.

A move to Blackburn Rovers followed, where McCarthy finished second top scorer in the English Premier League in 2006/07 with 18 League goals (24 goals in total).

McCarthy signed for West Ham early in 2010, but had a disappointing stint at the club, before returneding to South Africa in 2011 to play for Orlando Pirates.

He is Bafana Bafana's all-time top-scorer with 31 goals, and along with Egyptian striker Hossam Hassan was top scorer in the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations with seven goals, including four in 13 minutes against Namibia.

He represented South Africa at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

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