Benni McCarthy

Benni McCarthy, goal-scorer supreme. Image: Goal

10 things you didn’t know about Man United coach Benni McCarthy

Benni McCarthy is a bona fide Bafana Bafana legend. Here are 10 things you might not know about the Man United coach.

Benni McCarthy

Benni McCarthy, goal-scorer supreme. Image: Goal

We all know that Benni McCarthy is enjoying life at Old Trafford in the Man United technical team, but there are a few other things about the Bafana Bafana legend which aren’t common necessarily knowledge.

For example, did you know that he speaks four languages?

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Benni McCarthy Man United Champions League
Benni would be a solid choice for the Bafana job at some stage. Image: The Sun


  • Benedict Saul “Benni” McCarthy was born in Cape Town and grew up in Hanover Park.
  • Benni McCarthy is the first and only South African winner of the UEFA Champions League.
  • On top of that, he also won domestic league titles in Portugal, the Netherlands and South Africa.
  • McCarthy is Bafana Bafana’s all-time leading scorer with 31 strikes for the national team.
  • Benni made his debut for South Africa in 1997 as a teenager under legendary manager Clive Barker.
  • His playing career in Europe took him to Ajax, Celta Vigo, FC Porto, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.
  • After he guided AmaZulu into the CAF Champions League in 2021, Benni was unofficially given the nickname Mr Benni Makathini, Zulu Warrior.
  • Benni speaks four languages namely, English, Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese.
  • McCarthy scored 18 goals in the 2006-07 Premier League season for Blackburn, ending as the second-top scorer. A certain Cristiano Ronaldo struck 17 times in that campaign.
  • In October 2007, Benni McCarthy finished a sequence of scoring with 10 consecutive shots on target in the Premier League. Wow! Clinical.

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Finally, how can we ever forget when Benni collaborated with TKZee back in 1998?

Never forget. via @rathipa_rampedi / Twitter

Benni and his Man United side are looking ahead to their FA Cup final meeting with Manchester City on June 3rd. Will they add a second piece of silverware for the season?

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