2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

Mehdi BENATIA

Age
32
Height
188.0 cm
Date of Birth 17 April 1987
International Caps
62
International Goals
4

Powerful, dynamic and technically sound, Medhi Benatia – Morocco’s captain since 2015 – is one of Africa’s top defenders. Able to play in any position along the back four, he has most often been fielded at centre-back by coach Herve Renard.

The French-born stopper, who also poses a major threat from set-pieces, is a veritable star in Morocco, having played for – and won several trophies with – a number of high-profile European clubs. In recent years, both Bayern Munich and Juventus have dug deep in their pockets to acquire his services, and he has repaid them with effective, disciplined performances.