"Chucho", as everybody knew him, started his professional career in Ecuador with El Nacional. Later he joined English club Birmingham.
He was one of the best players of Liga MX, where he played for Santos Laguna and America. In Mexico, he won two local league titles and was a four-time top scorer.
With his national team, Benitez found the back of the net 24 times, becoming the third best all-time scorer.
His physical attributes and his accuracy with the left leg and the head helped him become one of the most lethal players in the continent.
Let's remember this footballer with five of his most impressive goals.
Christian Benitez was instrumental with Club America. In the last tournament—Clausura 2013—he helped his team reach the final match with this impressive goal, scored minutes before the final whistle.
Chucho ultimately lifted the trophy and became the top scorer of the tournament with 17 goals.
Chucho was one of the most loved footballers in Ecuador. In 2014 World Cup qualifying, he helped his team to reach third place in the general table.
He scored against Venezuela, Peru, Colombia and Paraguay, giving his team hope to make it to its third World Cup with an elite generation of players that includes Antonio Valencia, Walter Ayovi and Jefferson Montero.
Benitez played for El Nacional before coming to Mexico. Little was known about him, but his appearances in the Ecuadorian tournament and the Copa Libertadores were positive.
He drew attention quickly because his strength and speed were simply mind-blowing. Chucho made a lethal pairing with Matias Vuoso. Together they helped the team to secure the Mexican league title in 2008.
America manager Miguel Herrera did everything in his power to sign Chucho from Santos. He ultimately got away with it.
Benitez became the standard bearer of the Aguilas and was named Best Player of the Apertura 2012. That same year, he claimed the top scorer awards of the Apertura and Clausura tournaments.
With America, he scored 52 times in 79 appearances and helped the team find its way to the championship in 2013.
Chucho spent one season with Birmingham City on loan from Santos Laguna. The Premier League club had the option to purchase him at the end of the tournament but decided not to continue with the operation.
Benitez scored four times in 36 appearances, including this fantastic header in the fourth round of the 2010 FA Cup.