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Meet Benni McCarthy

McCarthy is the South Africa national team’s all-time top scorer with 31 goals. He is also the only South African to win the UEFA Champions League, doing so with Porto in 2003–04.

McCarthy began playing at a local side called Young Pirates, which was managed by his uncles. He then joined the youth structures of a local amateur club called Crusaders. At age 17, he was signed by first division club Seven Stars. He is managed by ExtraTime S.L. McCarthy made his full international debut for South Africa in a friendly against the Netherlands on 4 June 1997. 

Along with veteran Egyptian striker Hossam Hassan, McCarthy was the joint top scorer in the 1998 African Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso with seven goals, including four in 13 minutes against Namibia. In addition, he was named Player of the Tournament. The 1998 FIFA World Cup in France was the first time South Africa’s national football team had reached the later stages of the competition, and McCarthy was one of their key players.

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