La repentina muerte de Christian el 'Chucho' Benítez en Catar cimbró al fútbol internacional este lunes. Con sólo 27 años y en la cúspide de su carrera el delantero ecuatoriano falleció en circunstancias que aún son poco claras, sólo se sabe que acudió al hospital por un dolor abdominal y horas después el desenlace fue fatal por un paro cardiorespiratorio.

Se espera que los restos mortales del futbolista arriben a Ecuador la madrugada de este miércoles. El club El Jaish contrató un avión para trasladar desde Medio Oriente el cuerpo, además de que anunció correrá con todos los gastos fúnebres. Se anunció que la sepultura será el jueves en el cementerio de Monte Olivo de Quito.

En México donde vivió sus mejores momentos con los clubes Santos y América, se celebraron misas la víspera en su honor. La Federación Mexicana ha anunciado que está en coordinación con ambos equipos para preparar un homenaje a quien fuera tetracampeón de goleo de la liga local.

"La Liga está trabajando con los equipos América y Santos para rendir un sentido homenaje a un gran jugador como Benítez", dijo el presidente de la entidad, Decio de María.

El club azulcrema debutará en el torneo el próximo miércoles en León y lo hará con un moño negro en señal de luto. La directiva ha puesto a la venta localidades a un precio especial (1.5 dólares) para el partido del sábado como local frente al Atlas, a la espera de que la afición se haga presente y brinde una ovación a Benítez con el cántico "¡Olé, olé, olé, Chucho, Chucho!", informó el vicepresidente deportivo, Ricardo Peláez.

Santos, equipo que contrató por primera vez al delantero, anunció en voz de su presidente Alejandro Irarragori que se nombrará al fallecido elemento, "Santo inmortal", distinción que entre otras cosas le hace acreedor a un busto en el Estadio Territorio Santos Modelo.

En su natal Ecuador no son menos importantes los gestos de admiración, el presidente de la federación ecuatoriana, Luis Chiriboga, aseguró que la cancha principal donde entrena la selección llevará el nombre de "Christian Benítez". Próximamente habrá un juego amistoso del seleccionado sudamericano contra España, que también servirá para recordar a su delantero estelar durante las eliminatorias mundialistas.

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  • El último adiós

    Familiares, seguidores y autoridades de Ecuador sepultaron a Christian 'Chucho' Benítez

  • El último adiós

    Familiares, seguidores y autoridades de Ecuador sepultaron a Christian 'Chucho' Benítez

  • El último adiós

    Familiares, seguidores y autoridades de Ecuador sepultaron a Christian 'Chucho' Benítez

  • El último adiós

    Familiares, seguidores y autoridades de Ecuador sepultaron a Christian 'Chucho' Benítez

  • El último adiós

    Familiares, seguidores y autoridades de Ecuador sepultaron a Christian 'Chucho' Benítez

  • El último adiós

    Familiares, seguidores y autoridades de Ecuador sepultaron a Christian 'Chucho' Benítez

  • El último adiós

    Familiares, seguidores y autoridades de Ecuador sepultaron a Christian 'Chucho' Benítez

  • El último adiós

    Familiares, seguidores y autoridades de Ecuador sepultaron a Christian 'Chucho' Benítez

  • El último adiós

    Familiares, seguidores y autoridades de Ecuador sepultaron a Christian 'Chucho' Benítez

  • El último adiós

    Familiares, seguidores y autoridades de Ecuador sepultaron a Christian 'Chucho' Benítez

  • El último adiós

    Familiares, seguidores y autoridades de Ecuador sepultaron a Christian 'Chucho' Benítez

  • Peru's goalie Raul Fernandez vies for the ball with Ecuador's Christian Benitez (back) during the Brazil 2014 World Cup South American qualifier match at the National Stadium in Lima on June 07, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ERNESTO BENAVIDES (Photo credit should read ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ecuador's Christian Benitez vies for the ball with Peru´s Luis Ramirez (R) during the FIFA Brazil WC2014 qualifier match at the National Stadyum in Lima on June 07, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ERNESTO BENAVIDES (Photo credit should read ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Germany v Ecuador - International Friendly

    BOCA RATON, FL - MAY 29: Cristian Benitez #11 of Ecuador looks on during a break in action against Germany during an International friendly on May 29, 2013 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. Germany defeated Ecuador 4-2. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

  • Germany v Ecuador - International Friendly

    BOCA RATON, FL - MAY 29: Cristian Benitez #11 of Ecuador brings the ball upfield against Germany during an International friendly on May 29, 2013 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. Germany defeated Ecuador 4-2. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

  • Ecuador v Germany - International Friendly

    BOCA RATON, FL - MAY 29: Christian Benitez of Ecuador controls the ball during the International Friendly match between Ecuador and Germany at FAU stadium on May 29, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • Christian Benitez (C) of America and tammates celebrate with the Mexican Clausura tournament trophy at Azteca stadium in Mexico City on May 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Christian Benitez of America celebrates at the end of the Mexican Clausura tournament final match at the Azteca stadium after won the game against Cruz Azul by penalty kicks in Mexico City on May 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Christian Benitez of America control the ball during their Mexican Clausura Tournament first match final football match, on May 23, 2013 at the Azul stadium in Mexico City. AFP PHOTO/Alfredo Estrella (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Christian Benitez of America celebrates his goal against Monterrey during their Mexican Clausura Tournament semifinal football match, on May 18, 2013 at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City. AFP PHOTO/Alfredo Estrella (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Christian Benitez (L) of America vies for the ball with Jonathan Orozco (R), goalkeeper of Monterrey, during their Mexican Clausura Tournament semifinal football match, on May 18, 2013 at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City. AFP PHOTO/Alfredo Estrella (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Christian Benitez (R) of America vies for the ball with Leobardo Lopez (L) of Monterrey during their Mexican Clausura Tournament semifinal football match, on May 18, 2013 at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City. AFP PHOTO/ RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Christian Benitez of America celebrates his goal against Pachuca, during their Mexican Clausura tournament football match in Pachuca, on April 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ADID JIMENEZ (Photo credit should read ADID JIMENEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • America's forward Christian Benitez celebrates after scoring against Pumas during their Mexican Clausura tournament football match at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City, on April 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ecuadorean forward Cristian Benitez (C) celebrates after scoring against Paraguay alongside teammate Antonio Valencia during the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 South American qualifying football match against Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador on March 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PABLO COZZAGLIO (Photo credit should read PABLO COZZAGLIO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ecuadorean forward Cristian Benitez celebrates after scoring against Paraguay during the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 South American qualifying football match against Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador on March 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO BUENDIA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • America's Christian Benitez (L) celebrates after scoring the second goal against Santos during their Apertura 2012 tournament football match at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City, on September 15, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ YURI CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/GettyImages)

  • America's Christian Benitez (L) controls the ball under pressure of Juan Rodriguez (R) of Santos during their Apertura 2012 tournament football match at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City, on September 15, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ YURI CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Ecuadorean footballer Christian Benitez

    Ecuadorean footballer Christian Benitez celebrates after scoring against Colombia, during their FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 South American qualifier match, at the Olimpico Atahualpa stadium in Quito, on June 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO / PABLO COZZAGLIO (Photo credit should read PABLO COZZAGLIO/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina (L) vi

    Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina (L) vies for the ball with Ecuadorean footballer Christian Benitez during their Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup South American qualifier match at the Olimpico Atahualpa stadium in Quito on June 10, 2012. Ecuador won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/Pablo Cozzaglio (Photo credit should read PABLO COZZAGLIO/AFP/GettyImages)