Édgar Milciades Benítez Santander (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈeðɣaɾ βeˈnites]; born 8 November 1987), nicknamed Pájaro (bird), is a Paraguayan footballer who plays as a midfielder for Libertad, having returned to play at his first club and Paraguay national team. He also holds Mexican citizenship.
|Full name||Édgar Milciades Benítez Santander|
|Date of birth||8 November 1987|
|Place of birth||Repatriación, Caaguazú, Paraguay|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2008||→ Sol de América (loan)||37||(21)|
|2011–2012||→ Cerro Porteño (loan)||44||(11)|
|2012–2013||→ Toluca (loan)||38||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 February 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 June 2017
Benítez started his career in Club 12 de Octubre of Itaugua before moving to Libertad in 2005, where he won the Paraguayan 1st division tournament although he mostly played as a substitute. In 2008, he was signed by Sol de América and quickly established himself in the club, being one of the team's top goalscorers.
On 1 December 2008, it was announced that Benítez will play in the Mexican League for Pachuca CF. He made his debut with C.F. Pachuca on 2 January in the Interliga 2009, scoring his first goal with the club in the 4–0 win over Tecos UAG. He would end the tournament as the top goalscorer with 4 goals in 4 games, helping Pachuca obtain a spot in the qualifying round for the Copa Libertadores 2009.
Since 2009 he wasn't considered as a starter for Pachuca. He is mainly used as a substitute for every match. He has participated constantly in Pachuca's matches in Bicentenario 2010. On 20 February 2010 he started a match against Chiapas. He scored twice in this game and Pachuca secured a 2–2. In June, 2015, Queretaro announced that Benítez would play for them for the upcoming season.
He played first international match in 2008. Due to his good performances with Sol de América he was called for the Paraguay national football team and had a good debut, playing in his first 2010 World Cup qualification match against Peru in which Paraguay won 1–0.
As of 29 March 2016
|1.||1 October 2008||Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||Peru||1-0||1-0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||1 April 2009||Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador||Ecuador||1–1||1–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||21 December 2011||Estadio La Portada, La Serena, Chile||Chile||1–1||3–2||Friendly|
|4.||15 February 2012||Estadio Feliciano Cáceres, Luque, Paraguay||Chile||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|5.||22 February 2012||Estadio Feliciano Cáceres, Luque, Paraguay||Guatemala||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|6.||22 March 2013||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||1–1||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7.||11 October 2013||CTE Cachamay, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela||Venezuela||0–1||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8.||16 June 2015||Estadio Regional de Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile||Jamaica||1–0||1–0||2015 Copa América|
|9.||29 March 2016||Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||Brazil||2–0||2–2||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Paraguayan Primera División: 2006, 2007
- Cerro Porteño