Christian el 'Chucho' Benítez recibió el último adiós de familiares, seguidores y autoridades ecuatorianas el pasado sábado en su natal Quito.

Alrededor de 100 mil personas escoltaron al delantero sudamericano a su última morada. El coliseo "Rumiñahui" de la capital fue habilitado para honrarlo. El presidente Rafael Correa acompañó a la viuda Liseth Chalá y emitió un sentido mensaje que concluyó con el sensible: "Hasta siempre, eterno goleador".

El sepelio se realizó en una ceremonia privada para sus familiares y algunas autoridades de la Federación, así como civiles.

"Recuerden a mi hijo como fue", expresó su madre Rita Betancourt, a la cadena Televisa.

A miles de kilómetros de distancia, en México, se llevaron al cabo emotivos homenajes en las canchas de América y Santos, sus equipos en el fútbol mexicano.

Las Águilas saltaron al terreno de juego con una camiseta especial dedicada a su máximo goleador en las últimas tres campañas. Los goles del triunfo ante Atlas (3-0) fueron dedicados a Benítez. Al minuto 11 todo el Estadio Azteca se cimbró con un planificado "Olé, Olé, Olé, Chucho, Chucho".

En Torreón también se recordó al goleador durante el partido entre Santos y Querétaro. La pantalla del estadio mostró en varias ocasiones la imagen del fallecido futbolista.

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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)