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Benni McCarthy
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McCarthy warming up for West Ham United in 2010
Personal information
Full name Benedict Saul McCarthy
Date of birth 12 November 1977 (1977-11-12) (age 42)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.83 m
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Cape Town City (manager)
Youth career
Young Pirates
Crusaders
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Seven Stars 56 (38)
1997–1999 Ajax 36 (20)
1999–2003 Celta Vigo 66 (10)
2002 Porto (loan) 11 (12)
2003–2006 Porto 74 (34)
2006–2010 Blackburn Rovers 109 (37)
2010–2011 West Ham United 11 (0)
2011–2013 Orlando Pirates 24 (10)
Total 387 (161)
National team
South Africa U-23 13
1997–2012 South Africa 80 (31)
Teams managed
2015–2016 Sint-Truiden (assistant)
2017–2019 Cape Town City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Benedict Saul "Benni" McCarthy (born 12 November 1977) is a South African coach and former footballer who was most recently the head coach of Cape Town City in South Africa until November 2019.

McCarthy is the South Africa national team's all-time top scorer with 31 goals. He is also the only South African to win the UEFA Champions League, doing so with Porto in 2003–04.

Personal life

In 2004, McCarthy married Maria Santos from Spain. They have three daughters together: Minna, Mya and Allegra. In 2007, they separated. In May 2014, McCarthy married Scottish model Stacey Munro. Together, they have one daughter, Lima Rose.

Club career statistics

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax 1997–98 17 9 1 0 5 1 23 10
1998–99 19 11 1 0 5 0 25 11
Total 36 20 2 0 10 1 48 21
Celta Vigo 1999–00 31 8 0 0 10 6 41 14
2000–01 19 0 2 0 6 0 27 0
2001–02 2 0 0 0 3 1 5 1
2002–03 14 2 0 0 5 3 19 5
Total 66 10 2 0 24 10 92 20
Porto (loan) 2001–02 11 12 1 1 12 13
Porto 2003–04 29 20 5 1 11 4 2 0 47 25
2004–05 23 11 1 0 8 3 3 0 35 14
2005–06 23 3 4 3 4 1 31 7
Total 86 46 11 5 23 8 5 0 124 58
Blackburn Rovers 2006–07 36 18 6 3 8 3 50 24
2007–08 31 8 3 1 4 2 38 11
2008–09 28 10 5 3 33 13
2009–10 14 1 5 3 19 4
Total 109 37 19 10 12 5 140 52
West Ham United 2009–10 5 0 0 0 5 0
2010–11 6 0 3 0 9 0
Total 11 0 3 0 14 0
European Career Total 308 113 37 15 69 24 5 0 418 151

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Honours

Club

Ajax
Porto
Orlando Pirates
  • Premier League: 2011–12
  • MTN 8: 2011
  • Telkom Knockout: 2011

Individual

  • SJPF Player of the Month: January 2004, May 2004, October 2004
  • Portuguese Silver Ball: 2003–04
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