Eight facts on the Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional bat­ter­ing ram

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6ft 3in


Ben­teke was born in Kin­shasa – then the cap­i­tal of Zaire, now of the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo – be­fore mov­ing to Bel­gium aged three

Tough love

“If I play rub­bish, he tells me” – Ben­teke on dad Jean-Pierre

Brothers in arms

Ben­teke’s younger brother Jonathan (above) joined him at Palace in Septem­ber

Foot­ball friend

As a child, Chris­tian played street foot­ball in Bel­gium with Axel Wit­sel, now of Zenit

Clever clogs

He’s flu­ent in French, English and Lin­gala

Fly­ing start

He hit eight goals in his first 13 league out­ings for the Ea­gles

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