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Christian Benteke: Ex-Liverpool forward joins D.C. United from Crystal Palace ahead of Premier League season

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Christian Benteke joins Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney at DC United as Belgian striker completes Major League Soccer(MLS) signing before Crystal Palace vs Arsenal.

D.C. United have signed Belgian International forward Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on a permanent transfer. Visit the Washington Post

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Player: Christian Benteke

Position: Forward

Birthplace: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Country: Belgium

Birthdate: 12/03/1990

Age: 31

Height: 6’2’’

Weight: 183 lbs

Status: Designated Player
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D.C. United have signed Belgian International forward Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on a permanent transfer. Benteke will join the club as a Designated Player pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). The Black-and-Red have signed Benteke on a two-and-a-half-year deal through 2024 with a club option in 2025.


Christian is a top player who has played at the highest level for a long time,” Wayne Rooney, D.C. United Head Coach, said. “His experience and ability to score goals and help the team will be invaluable. It’s exciting for the team and myself to get him in and playing. He will make a huge difference.”

Benteke joins D.C. United after spending the last 10 seasons in the English Premier League with Aston Villa, Liverpool, and most recently, Crystal Palace. The 31-year-old has scored 86 goals and recorded 23 assists in 280 Premier League Appearances.

Benteke has been with Crystal Palace for the last six seasons since signing on Aug. 20, 2016, from Liverpool FC in a $34 million deal. The forward made his debut for the London club on Aug. 27, 2016 against Bournemouth in the Premier League. Benteke scored his first goal for Crystal Palace the following game on Sep. 10, 2016 in a 2-1 win against Middlesbrough. During his time with Crystal Palace, the Belgian scored 37 goals and recorded 12 assists in 177 appearances across all competitions.


MLS Secondary Transfer Window:


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Records by Christian Benteke


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Christian Benteke departs as the only player in Premier League history to score on Halloween, November 5, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and his own birthday. (alert-success)

Most Premier League goals scored by Belgian players:


 ◎ 121 - Romelu Lukaku
 ◎ 86 - Christian Benteke
 ◎ 85 - Eden Hazard 
 ◉ 57 - Kevin De Bruyne

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