Aston Villa's Christian Benteke celebrates special milestone on Twitter

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The Belgian striker bagged the 100th goal of his professional career in Villa's 3-2 home win over Everton.

Christian Benteke reached a special milestone in helping Aston Villa earn a 3-2 win over Everton on Saturday, as a first-half brace made it 100 professional career goals for the 24-year-old front man.

The Belgian opened the scoring at Villa Park with a 10th-minute header from Fabian Delph’s cross, before adding a second just before the break following Jack Grealish’s corner to put Tim Sherwood’s side on course for three vital points towards Premier League survival.

The double means Villa’s star man is now on a run of 12 goals in 11 club and international games, having gotten over a slow first half to the season, in which he scored just three times in 18 total appearances, to bounce back in stunning fashion since Sherwood’s arrival.

A ruptured Achilles suffered late last season was in part to blame for those previous struggles but, having now reached the 100-goal mark at just 24, there should be few more feared marksmen in European football.

Villa deserve a great deal of credit for his development too, with 48 of them coming for the club from 97 appearances since arriving from Genk in August 2012, although how much longer he will be in the West Midlands remains to be seen.

His recent scoring exploits have led to increasing speculation about his future in recent weeks, with Sky Sports reporting interest from the like of Liverpool, but manager Sherwood has stressed that it will take a sizeable fee to acquire his signature

"It's good news that people are talking about Christian again because he's scoring goals and if he's scoring goals for us, we're happy,” the Villa boss told the channel this week.

"I've no idea what he'd cost, because I don't want to sell him. It would have to be a lot of money for anyone to take him from us.

"He'd be too expensive for a great deal of clubs in the Premier League. But we're not looking to sell our assets and he's certainly one of those.”

His value has no doubt gone up in recent weeks and, with three more league games and an FA Cup final encounter with Arsenal to come, he has the chance to add a few more millions to it before the end of the season.

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