Víctor Benítez

Víctor Benítez Morales (born 12 September 1935) is a Peruvian former footballer, who played as a centre-back or defensive midfielder. Nicknamed "El Conejo", he played for several clubs, notably Italian clubs A.C. Milan, A.S. Roma and F.C. Internazionale Milano as well as Argentine club Boca Juniors. He won the European Cup title with A.C. Milan in 1963.

Víctor Benítez
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Benítez at Boca Juniors
Personal information
Full name Víctor Benítez Morales[1]
Date of birth (1935-10-30) 30 October 1935 (age 86)
Place of birth Lima, Peru[1]
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre-back, defensive midfielder[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1959 Alianza Lima
1960–1962 Boca Juniors 70 (5)
1962–1963 A.C. Milan 12 (0)
1963–1964 Messina 12 (2)
1964–1965 A.C. Milan 24
1965–1966 Roma
1966–1967 Venezia 23 (3)
1967–1968 Inter Milan 8 (1)
1968–1970 Roma
1971 Sporting Cristal
National team
1957–1959 Peru 11 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of March 2008

Along with José Velásquez, he is recognised as one of Peru's most important defensive midfielders of all time.

Club careerEdit

Born in Lima, Peru, Benítez began his career with Alianza Lima in 1950s. He won two Peruvian league titles in 1954 and 1955. In 1960 he joined Argentine club Boca Juniors where he was part of the team that won the 1962 league championship.

Benítez moved to Italy in 1962, where he played for A.C. Milan, Messina, Roma, Venezia, and Inter Milan. In 1963, he was part of the A.C. Milan team that won the UEFA Champions League. He won a Coppa Italia title with A.S. Roma in 1969.

He returned to Peru in 1971 where he played out the remainder of his career with Sporting Cristal.

International careerEdit

Between 1957 and 1959 he played 11 games for the Peru national team.[2] He appeared for Peru in the Copa América in 1957 and 1959, playing in a total of seven games. Additionally, he played in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for his native country in 1957. On 17 May 1959 Benitez was part of the Peru national team which beat England 4–1 in Lima.[3]

HonoursEdit

Alianza Lima

Boca Juniors

A.C. Milan

A.S. Roma

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