Here are noteworthy opinions that most West Ham fans may not have read or heard about Benni McCarthy:
There was a "Bring Back Benni" campaign for him to be recalled into the South Africa World Cup squad mid-2009. Didier Drogba and the President of South Africa have joined this cry. Clearly the most talented finisher that South Africa have got. Finally in November 2009, Benni was recalled by South Africa coach Carlos Albero Perreira. This is what he said prior to the recall,
"I am still the best at what I do, and that is scoring goals," McCarthy said. "I have the gift that, unlike other players, I need only one touch to score. I have an instinct in front of goal and I will show the country I am still the best at what I do."
McCarthy added that he was impressed by South Africa's recent performances despite their run of poor results."I have watched every match this year. All that was lacking was experience - somebody like me to stick the ball in the back of the net," he said.
"That is probably why I have been called back - to finish off the goals."
In 2007, at the peak of Benni's powers, Mark Hughes even suggested that Benni McCarthy was worth more than £30m! Renowned blog site, Soccerlens ran an article which compared McCarthy with Dimitar Berbatov and the comments on that posting were split! That's the quality and class that West Ham just signed.
A Blackburn Rovers journalist, Sasman on VitalFootball wrote this,
"Last season, Benni scored more goals then what he is given credit for. 10 goals in 18 appearances, with 10 of those once again being off the bench. Underused by Paul Ince, McCarthy found new light when Sam came in, and surely, his goals were the reason we stayed up.....Stats dont lie, each year, Benni has maintained a 1 in 2 goal ratio"
A supremely confident goal scorer, here is a video of him sharing his secrets on penalty taking. He is so confident that he's not worried about goalkeepers learning about his penalty taking style.