Ecuador lost a free spirit on Monday as Christian “Chucho” Benitez was pronounced dead at the age of 27.
For years, soccer has been a sport where emotions are always on display and Benitez did just that each and every time he laced up his cleats. This tragic news shocked everyone as Benitez had just played his first ever match for El Jaish in Qatar on Sunday. Cardiorespiratory arrest — heart failure — is reportedly what caused Benitez to die, but the full details of his passing have yet to be brought to the forefront. As we monitor his passing it’s important to think about what could have caused this unfortunate event.
Some say that the extremely hot weather conditions in Qatar should be blamed for Benitez’s death and this is a major concern considering Qatar will be the site for the 2022 World Cup. The last thing that the world’s biggest sport needs is for someone to die on the game’s largest stage. Time will tell if Qatar is able to keep the honor of hosting the World Cup or if Benitez’s death pushing the event someplace else.
For now, Benitez lives on in the hearts of many soccer fans as a exciting player who simply was taken from this planet far too soon.