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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.

Édgar Benítez
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Personal information
Full name Édgar Milciades Benítez Santander
Date of birth (1987-11-08) 8 November 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Repatriación, Caaguazú, Paraguay
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Libertad 32 (2)
2008Sol de América (loan) 37 (21)
2009–2013 Pachuca 85 (21)
2011–2012Cerro Porteño (loan) 44 (11)
2012–2013Toluca (loan) 38 (6)
2013–2015 Toluca 71 (15)
2015–2018 Queretaro 71 (8)
2018– Libertad 8 (0)
National team
2007 Paraguay U-20
2008– Paraguay 56 (10)
* 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

A Paraguayan international on 56 occasions since 2008, he represented for his country FIFA World Cup 2010 and two Copa America tournaments.[1]



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.[2]

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.[3]

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.

National teamEdit

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.[4]

He was included in Paraguay's squad for the 2015 Copa América, scoring the only goal of a 1–0 win against Jamaica in the team's second group match on 16 June 2015.[5]

He scored the second goal for Paraguay in a 2-2 draw against Brazil for the nation's campaign to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

International goalsEdit

As of 29 March 2016



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  2. ^ Stats from Paraguayan 1st division
  3. ^ El Tuzo se alzó en un partido vibrante frente al Atlas
  4. ^ Benítez conmigo (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "Paraguay 1-0 Jamaica". BBC. 15 June 2015.

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