Loads of fans are purring over footage of prime Christian Benteke, after a fan posted a montage of his best moments for Aston Villa.
The Villans have had their fair share of quality strikers down the years, with Gabriel Agbonlahor forever a fan favourite while loan star Tammy Abraham will always be remembered fondly for his role in their promotion last season.
Few were quite as dominant as Benteke at his best though, as the now £11.7m-rated (Transfermarkt) Belgian was nothing short of sensational during his time at Villa Park. Signed from Genk in 2012, the 6 foot 3 target man scored 49 times in 101 games for Villa.
What was perhaps even more special than his strike rate though was the manner of the goals he scored, as he bagged all sorts of strikes from everywhere on the pitch. From acrobatic volleys to thumping headers, the number 20 really could do it all, a far-cry from the man with just 22 goals in 111 appearances for Crystal Palace.
Check out the video and some of the best Twitter reactions down below, where fans hailed his ‘unbelievable’ talents…
Single handedly kept us in the prem longer than we deserved!
— Shane (@suited68) March 21, 2020
At his best
He was one of the best
— Captain Jack. (@CJ7891234) March 21, 2020
Back in 2013 if you told palace fans they’d have a 28 year old Christian benteke they would probably assume they’d be top of the league
— Just Galaxy 🌌 (@1andonlygalaxy) March 21, 2020
42 goals in 89 appearances is unreal considering how poor the Villa teams were during those years.
— bäckröw83 (@backrow83) March 21, 2020
What happened to this guy. God he was good
— J (@JkpilotJon) March 21, 2020
Ridiculously good player for the Villa.
— crowiejnr (@crowiejnr) March 21, 2020
Aston Villa haven’t been the same without him. He was unbelievable for Villa
— ReviewFootball (@ReviewFootball) March 21, 2020
The Norwich overhead kick is ridiculous
— Paul Williams (@PippyPants8) March 21, 2020
Legend for us used to love watching him play his hatrick against QPR World class
— Scott DAvies (@Scottdip2208) March 21, 2020
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