Footballers post tributes to Christian Benitez on Twitter

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

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

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

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

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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."

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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."

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

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RIP Christian Benitez, sad to hear the terrible news.

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

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

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

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