Soccer players from Zimbabwe have contributed to the international soccer arena by displaying their skills and talents. This in return has made the country and the continent very proud. One of the famous footballers is Benjani Mwaruwari. He was known as a player of big games during his playing career. Read his biography.
Benjani Mwaruwari is one of the players that enjoyed a long career in football, playing for the best UEFA's teams. The star played locally for iBosso before relocating to South Africa. He later moved to Europe where he competed for league giants such as Portsmouth and Manchester City.
Benjani Mwaruwari profile summary
- First name: Benjani Mwaruwari
- Date of birth: 13 August 1978
- Benjani Mwaruwari age: 42 years
- Zodiac sign: Leo
- Place of birth: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
- Occupation: Football player
- Position: Attacker
- Height: 188 cm
- Weight: 78 kg
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Benjani Mwaruwari biography
Benjani was born on August 13, 1978, to Malawian parents. As of October 2020, the retired football player is 42 years old. His father Amos Mwaruwari passed away in 2015. He is married to Thembi, and the couple has four children. The footballer began his career at Young Blood and later joined Highlanders Football Club juniors. Some of the teams he played for during his career include Lulu Rovers Football Club and Air Zimbabwe Jets.
Benjani got his big break when he signed for Jomo Cosmos of South Africa. However, he did not play long for the team, as he made a move to join Grasshoppers Zurich in Switzerland. Henceforth, the star played for many other clubs around Europe, including Auxerre.
He also had an outstanding career with the Zimbabwe national soccer team known as the Warriors. On 25 September 2002, Benjani became the first Zimbabwean to score a goal in the UEFA Champions League. Mwaruwari has a very impressive international career with the Warriors scoring goals.
While at Auxerre, Benjani scored the opening goal in the 2005 Coupe de France final. On 5 January 2006, English Premier League club Portsmouth signed him from Auxerre for £4.1 million after Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger recommended the player to Harry Redknapp.
While at Portsmouth, the legend scored his first hat-trick in a 7-4 win. This broke the record for the most number of goals scored in a Premier League match. Benjani Mwaruwari celebration styles were unique. He pointed three times left to the right, in which he was addressing himself and the fans.
On 5th February 2008, Benjani transferred to Manchester City for a two and a half year deal. Benjani Mwaruwari salary was reported at £50,000 a week. His debut came on 10th February 2008 against rivals Manchester United in a 2-1 victory to his team. Mwaruwari scored the second goal from a header in his first Manchester derby.
The goal was against his former club Portsmouth on 20th April 2008. His next goal came in the 3-2 home loss against Fulham. On 27th August, he signed a one-year deal with Blackburn, and he had an option of a further year at Ewood Park.
On 30th October, the player scored the first goal, a glancing header, in Blackburn's home game to Chelsea in the 21st minute. He is the third Zimbabwean to play in the Premier League after goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, who played for Liverpool and Peter Ndlovu, who played for Coventry City and Sheffield United, amongst others. He retired from international football on 11th October 2010, following Zimbabwe's 0–0 draw with Cape Verde.
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Benjani Mwaruwari wife
The star married a South African girl Thembi in 2007. Together, the couple has four children: Colines, Benjani Junior, Belle, and Tiyezhe. Benjani Mwaruwari son (Benjani Junior) followed in his father's footsteps. He is also a striker attached to Portsmouth club under-15 and under-16 sides. Benjani junior said,
I am aiming higher in life to reach greater heights like soccer greats such as former Manchester United forward sensation Wayne Rooney because I like his scoring techniques and tactics and I’m also inspired by my father.
Benjani Mwaruwari net worth
The footballer's wealth has significantly grown over the years. As of 2020, his net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million. Benjani Mwaruwari wealth has increased from being a successful soccer player. Through his wealth, the star managed to donate food and gift hampers to 900 families in Old Magwegwe during the Covid-19 lockdown.
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Benjani Mwaruwari properties
The soccer player is building a three-storey mansion in the upmarket Burnside suburb in Bulawayo. Benjani Mwaruwari house is unique. It has a ramped driveway that leads to the first floor, where a garage with a holding capacity of six vehicles sits. The first floor has a swimming pool and, most bedrooms are ensuite. Information on Benjani Mwaruwari cars has not been made available to the public.
Benjani Mwaruwari lifestyle
Many sports personalities across the world are known for their luxurious lifestyle, as they maintain the status that comes with being a celebrity. They are known for living lavishly because of their salaries. Mwaruwari has not disappointed in flashy tastes as he has at one time or another been the first to bring in the latest car model.
With few Zimbabwean players having played UEFA Champions League football, Mwaruwari remains the only player from his country to score in this elite club competition. Benjani Mwaruwari goals were 39 in 72 league appearances, including one at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in the 1-0 victory over Ghana, before taking over the captain's armband from Peter Ndlovu.
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