Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Medhi Amine El Mouttaqi Benatia was born on 17 April, 1987. He is a French-Moroccan footballer who plays for Italian club Juventus, and for the Morocco national team, as a centre back.
Medhi 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, and was later signed permanently by the club in 2017.
Benatia made his international debut for Morocco on 19 November 2008 in a 3–0 friendly win over Zambia at the Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca. He scored his first goal for them on 4 June 2011, opening a 4–0 win over rivals Algeria at the Stade de Marrakech, in qualification for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
His style of is built around his stature as he is tall, large, strong, and athletic defender, with good technique, ball-playing ability, defensive skills, and an ability to organize his defence, in recent years Amine has earned a reputation as one of the best centre-backs in Serie A; he is known in particular for his tackling and ability in the air.