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Christian Benteke Opens Up On MLS Experience, LeBron James, Lionel Messi And Kevin De Bruyne

Written by Patrick Echatah

For supporters of D.C. United, seeing Christian Benteke score and then do “The Silencer” celebration has become a regular sight. You’re not alone if you’ve ever thought the celebration seems a lot like NBA player LeBron James’ signature one.


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“It comes from him,” Benteke said on Extratime. “Since I got into the basketball world, I’ve always been inspired by him.

“Me, as a footballer, you have players that you look up to. But then I was trying to look to a different sport and basketball was the closest to football. Then LeBron, you can’t go wrong by choosing him.

But Benteke is not the only person who looks up to LeBron. Since Lionel Messi joined Inter Miami CF last summer, the former star player in the Premier League has noticed changes in the way the world views Major League Soccer. But Benteke is not the only person who looks up to LeBron. Since Lionel Messi joined Inter Miami CF last summer, the former star player in the Premier League has noticed changes in the way the world views Major League Soccer.

“I was having some calls last season once I first moved,” Benteke said. “Now they see me enjoying, they see Messi, all those players coming into the league. Now they’re like, ‘Hmm, I think the US is the place to be now.’ It’s pretty cool for the league.”

MLS frequently acquires well-known players from Europe during the summer transfer window. When his time with Manchester City finishes, maybe Kevin De Bruyne, another Belgian international, will follow suit?

“He’s 32 and he’s been around in Europe for many, many years,” Benteke said. “I can see him at a team in LA.”

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Meanwhile…

Ben Olsen of Houston Dynamo FC has signed a contract extension that runs through the 2026 Major League Soccer season, the team announced on Thursday.

Olsen is in his second season with the team after a breakthrough first year that saw the Dynamo win the US Open Cup in 2023, earning a spot in the Concacaf Champions Cup this year, and make their first appearance in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs since 2017.

“As our head coach, Ben has been instrumental in leading our club’s resurgence and building a foundation for continued success,” Houston general manager Pat Onstad said in a press release.

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