Benni is now without a club. Despite reported interest from the likes of Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns in securing his return home, Benni says he would prefer to stay in Europe. It was reported in July that while he is in Cape Town on holiday, he has asked Ajax Cape Town if he could train with them in order to keep fit.
Benni McCarthy was born and grew up in Hanover Park in th Cape Flats. Thanks to his football talent, he became an international star. He first played for the Bafana Bafana in 1997 and holds the record of the most international goals scored by a South African. While he still is the Bafana Bafana's all-time top-scorer with 31 goals, he has always been a controversial player arguing with his various club coaches and the South African Football Association management.
He has played for the following clubs:
Benni's most successful season was when he played for Porto under Jose Mourinho, when he won the Golden Boot award (with 20 goals in 23 games). He also won 2004 UEFA Champions League with Porto. In 2006 he was sold to Blackburn Rovers for a £2.5m fee. He finished second top scorer in the Premiership in 2006–07 with 18 league goals (24 goals in total). But after that his career seemed to go down hill. In 2008-2009 he was out of favour with new manager Paul Ince. In 2010, he was transfered to the struggling West Ham United but here too he was not successful. He only appeared 14 times for the club and failed to score any goals. At the end, Benni McCarthy earned a £1.5m pay-off to terminate contract and end his West Ham nightmare. Benni McCarthy was expected to be chosen for the Bafana Bafana 2010 squad, after struggling with his fitness and facing criticism at home for being overweight, McCarthy was in the end omitted from the final South African 23 man squad for the 2010 World Cup.
Not only is or was a fine footballer, he has a very good ear. Benni has the talent to pick up the local accent, wherever he is. Listen to him talk on the various video clips and also listen to Nik Rabinowitz take him off.
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Highest scoring Bafana Bafana Soccer Player with 31 goals
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