Benni McCarthy Biography: Age, Family, Career, Marriage, Controversy, Cars, Net Worth

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South Africa’s former Football sensation, Benni McCarthy was SA’s top scorer of all-time with 31 goals. He is also the only South African to win the UEFA Champions League, he did so with Porto in 2003-04. He was recently the head coach of Cape Town City here in South Africa until November 2019.

This is the Bio of Benni McCarthy:

Benni McCarthy Age, Education, Family


He was born Benny Saul Benni McCarthy on the 12th November 1977 in Cape Town and grew up in Hanover Park on the Cape Flats. He is 42 years old.
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He is the son of Dudley and Dora McCarthy. He has 2 brothers and a sister. His eldest brother is Jerome McCarthy. Jerome is a former professional footballer who played for Kaizer Chiefs and Manning Rangers. His younger brother Mark, played football at Franklin Pierce University in the United States.
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Benni McCarthy began playing for a local team called Young Pirates, which was managed by his uncles. He then joined the youth structures of the local amateur club called Crusaders. He was signed by the 1st division club Seven Stars when he was 17 years old. 

Benni McCarthy Marriage


Benni McCarthy and Maria Santos were married in Spain in 2004. They have 3 daughters together: Minna, Mya and Allegra. They unfortunately separated in 2007 and Benni married the Scottish Model, Stacey Munro. Together, they have one daughter, Lima Rose.
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Benni McCarthy Career
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When Benni was 18 years old, he played for Seven Stars. He scored 1 goal in 29 matches in the 1995-96 season and then 12 more in 20 matches which earned him a transfer to Cape Town Spurs. 2 years later they merged with Seven Stars to form the Dutch Club Ajax feeders team. 

After an impressive showing at the African Youth Championship and FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia, he joined Ajax in the Eredivisie. There he scored 9 goals and was crowned champion in his first season. After a relatively successful 1998-99 season, he was sold to the Spanish side Celta de Vigo for a transfer fee reported to be over 6 million euros. It was the most expensive transfer for a South African player at the time.
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Although regarded as one of the best African players at the time, Benni never established himself as a regular choice for Celta’s manager, Victor Fernandez. After 2 seasons at the Galician Club, he was loaned to Porto in the 2001-02 season, where he soon rediscovered the form that took him to Europe. 
Under the coach Jose Mourinho, Benni McCarthy played for Porto. 

After he represented Bafana Bafana in the 2002 African Nations Cup, where his side was eliminated in the quarter-finals. He helped them to third place in the Primeira Liga and automatic qualification for UEFA Cup by scoring an impressive 12 goals in 11 matches, however despite both parties desire to continue, Porto did not have the finances to keep Benni McCarthy as a player.

He then returned to Celta, where he spent much of his time on the substitutes’ bench as a squad player as Porto captured the Taca de Portugal and UEFA Cup. When Porto sold striker Helder Postiga to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of 2003-4 season, Porto acquired McCarthy for a sum of 7.856 million Euro’s. 

Benni McCarthy has accomplished much in the world of soccer, here is a list of below of some of his accomplishments:

On the 4th June 1997, Benni McCarthy made his full international debut for South Africa. In 1998 African Cup of Nations, he was the joint top scorer with Hossam Hassan. Benni McCarthy was one of the key players in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and reached the later stages of the competition. 

In the 2003-04 Primeira Liga season, he earned the Golden Boot award. In July 2006, McCarthy signed a four year contract with Blackburn for a 2.5 million transfer fee. 

In all his competitions for Blackburn, McCarthy scored 52 goals in 140 matches and in February 2010, he went on to play for West Ham United on a two and a half year contract.

On the 2nd of August 2011 Benni was signed to Orlando Pirates on a 2 year contract. “I am thrilled and delighted and hope I can show my appreciation by coming in and playing good football and hope to score as many goals as possible to put the team where they belong,” said McCarthy.
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Benni McCarthy was unveiled as the new Cape Town City head coach on the 13th June 2017, however, he was dismissed from that position on the 4th of November 2019.

Benny McCarthy’s Honours over the years:

  • Ajax – Eredivisie: 1997-98 
  • KNVB Cup -1997-98, 1998-99
  • Porto – Primeira Liga - 2003-04, 2005-06 
  • Taca de Portugal - 2005-06
  • Supertaca Candido de Olivera: 2003, 2004
  • UEFA Champions League: 2003-04
  • Portuguese Silver Ball - 2003-04 
  • Intercontinental Cup - 2004
  • SJPF Player of the Month - January 2004, May 2004, October 2004
  • MTN 8 - 2011
  • Telkom Knockout - 2011
  • Premier League - 2011-12

Benni McCarthy Controversy


Benni McCarthy was caught on TV saying something looked like vulgar language to an Ajax player as he charged out of his technical area at the Cape Town Stadium. He explained that his controversial reaction was directed at Isaac Nhlapo who fouled his player Teko Modise.

Video clips of the incident went viral. Since the incident, Benni McCarthy admitted he didn’t set a good example, however he did claim that it was a provoked response.

He said that he was concerned about the foul and Teko’s fitness.

“There were a couple of nasty incidents where I think I also overreacted a bit … But I’m one of those guys I always say a team is a reflection of it’s manager. I’m a passionate guy from Cape Town, and if people want to bully my players, I’m the first one to stand up for them,” said McCarthy.



Benni McCarthy Cars


Benni McCathy reportedly has a fleet of top-of-the-range cars, including a Mercedes-Benz CL 500, a Bentley, and a white Range Rover. Benni does not shy away from sharing photos of his fancy cars on Instagram.
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Benni McCarthy Networth


The soccer player has a net worth that is estimated to be at $16 million.
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With a fancy crib and a fleet of expensive cars, the soccer star is surely a living the good life that he worked hard for. 

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