Footballers post tributes to Christian Benitez on Twitter

Birmingham City will mark the passing of Benitez at St. Andrew's on Saturday. Photo: PA

Can't believe Christian Benitez aka chucho has died had the pleasure to play with him he was a top bloke. My thoughts go out to his family


The thoughts of all at Birmingham City Football Club are with the friends and family of Chucho following this very sad news. #RIP


The club will be looking to mark the passing of Chucho at St. Andrew's ahead of this Saturday's fixture against Watford. #BCFC #RIP

Benitez celebrates a goal against Everton in January 2010. Credit: PA

Sad news of the death of player “Chucho "Benitez my deepest condolences to his family and the people of Ecuador.


Very sad to hear about the news of Christian Benitez #RIP


Tragic news about Christian Benitez, terrible to see a player pass away at such a young age & at the peak of his career! #RIP

Benitez scored 24 goals in 58 appearances for Ecuador. Credit: PA

Monaco's Radamel Falcao tweeted in Spanish, below: "Terribly sad news about Christian Benitez. My thoughts are with his family and the people of Ecuador."


Triste noticia la muerte dl futbolista Christian Benítez.Mucha fuerza a sus familiares y a todo el pueblo Ecuatoriano.Te extrañaremos Chucho

Compatriot Antonio Valencia tweeted in Spanish, below: "Please someone tell me this isn't true."


Can't believe the news I've just heard about my former team mate chucho (Christian Benitez) such sad news. R.I.P


RIP Christian Benitez, sad to hear the terrible news.


Just reading about #ChristianBenitez ! Such a shock and sadness about his death. Heart with his family n friends at this tragic time #KRO

Benitez celebrates his 27th birthday with his twin children in May 2013. Credit: @Chucho_B11

If we ever needed a reminder how short life is its now... R.I.P Christian Benitez ?


RIP Christian Benitez? my thoughts & prayers goes out to his family & friends?


News of Chucho Benitez's death shook everyone. My sympathies to his family and all of Ecuador.


Just heard the sad news about Christian Benitez ... my thoughts and prayers are with his family