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Medhi Benatia
Medhi Benatia
Date of birth:

April 17, 1987

Nationality:

Flag of Morocco Morocco

Position:

Defender

Team:

Al-Duhail SC

Medhi Amine El Mouttaqi Benatia (Arabic: المهدي أمين بن عطية المتقي‎; born 17 April 1987) is a Moroccan footballer who plays for Al-Duhail and the Morocco national team, as a centre back.

He began his career at Marseille, spending his time loaned out to Tours and Lorient before joining Clermont in 2008. Two years later he joined Udinese, spending three seasons there before transferring to Roma. After helping them finish as Serie A runners-up in his only campaign there, he was signed by Bayern Munich for €26 million, winning the Bundesliga in both of his seasons. In 2016 he moved to Juventus, initially on loan.

Born and raised in France, Benatia represents his father's Morocco at international level. He made his international debut for them in 2008 and represented the nation at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, totalling over 50 caps.