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Benni’s Achievements

This morning it was announced that South Africa’s most successful player overseas, Benni McCarthy, has announced his retirement.

Bafana Bafana’s top goal scorer of all-time, with 31 goals in 80 games, has left a lasting impressing on every club with which he’s played, finishing off his career by returning to Mzansi to play for, and win the treble with, Orlando Pirates.

McCarthy’s list of achievements for club and country remain unparalleled, and his exploits in the 2003/04 Champions League, making him the only South African to win the tournament, will be remembered forever.

Here is a list of all of Benni’s accolades:

Club:

1997/98:                  Dutch League & Cup winner. (Ajax)
1998/99:                  Dutch Cup winner. Joint top goal scorer at Ajax Amsterdam.

1999/00:                  Top scorer at Celta Vigo, they finish in 6thplace in La Liga.

2000/01:                  Spanish Cup runner-up. (Celta Vigo)

2002/03:                  Finished in 4thposition in La Liga. (Celta Vigo)
2003/04:                  UEFA Champions League winner. (Porto)
                                   
                                  UEFA Super Cup runner-up.

                                  Portuguese League winner.
                                   
                                  Portuguese Super Cup winner.
                                   
                                  Portuguese Cup runner-up.
                                   
                                  Top goal scorer in the Portuguese League.            

2004/05:                  Portuguese League runner-up.
                                   
                                  Portuguese Super Cup winner.
                                   
                                  Intercontinental winner.
                                   
                                  UEFA Super Cup runner-up.

2005/06:                  Portuguese League & Cup winner.

2006/07:                  Second top goal scorer in English Premiership.
                                   
                                  FA Cup semi-finalist

2011/12:                  ABSA PSL winner.

                                  MTN 8 winner.

                                  Telkom Cup winner.

Country:

1997:                       Top Scorer and Player of the Tournament at African U-20 Youth Championships.
                      
                                  Made his debut for senior South African team in June v Netherlands (age 19).
                                  First man to represent SA at three age groups in one year (U20, U23 & Bafana.)
                                  Represented South Africa at U-20 World Youth Cup finals in Malaysia.
1998:                        Joint top scorer at the AFCON finals & Player of the Tournament.
                                  1998 World Cup finals in France
                                  First player to score in a World Cup finals for SA.

                                  Became the first footballer to make the front cover of Time magazine.     

2002:                        African Cup of Nations finals in Mali.
                                  Featured in the World Cup finals in Korea. Played three, scored one.

2004:                       Top 5 finalist for African Footballer of the Year.

                                  Winner – African Goal of the Year.

2006:                        Featured in African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.

2008:                        Became the highest goal scorer in the history of SA football. 

2012:                        Won the last of his South African caps s Brazil, aged 34.

To view some of the best photo's of Benni McCarthy's long, illustrious career, click here.

Also, check out Benni with Irvin Khoza here, shortly after joining Orlando Pirates.

Is Benni McCarthy the best South African striker of the modern era? Cast your vote and check out other people's opinions here.

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