THE JUVE STORY's WORLD CUP PROFILE | BENATIA
Moroccan Champion: Medhi Benatia
Often described as a powerful centre back of great stature, Benatia has no trouble living up to his reputation. His combination of talent, physical strength and passion makes him the ideal candidate to hold up any back line.
(illustration by Marco and Mauro La Villa)
POSITION | Centre Back
JUVENTUS NO. | 4
MOROCCO NO. | 5
BORN | April 17, 1987
BIRTH CITY | Courcouronnes, France
PRE-JUVE TEAM | Bayern Munich
JUVENTUS | Serie A Scudetto (2017, 2018), Coppa Italia (2017, 2018)
BAYERN MUNICH | BundesLiga (2015, 2016), DFB-Pokal (2016)
Benatia the Bianconero
On July 15, 2016, Italian champions Juventus signed Benatia on a season-long loan for €3 million, with an option to buy for an extra €17 million at the end of season. He made his club debut on August 27, in a 1–0 away win over Lazio in Serie A. On March 10, 2017, Benatia scored his first goal for Juventus in a 2–1 win over A.C. Milan in Serie A, at the Juventus Stadium. On May 12, Juventus exercised the option to permanently sign Benatia until 2020.
On April 11, 2018, Juventus were leading 3–0 away to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, a score that would have taken the game to extra time as Juventus lost the first leg at home 3–0. Referee Michael Oliver awarded a 93rd minute injury time penalty to Real Madrid after Benatia challenged Lucas Vázquez in the box; the penalty was subsequently converted for a final 4–3 aggregate loss. Benatia said after the game that Michael Oliver's call made him "more and more disgusted by the world of football". (source: Wikipedia)