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Martín Montoya Torralbo (born 14 April 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right back for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.

Martín Montoya
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Montoya warming up with Barcelona in 2014
Personal information
Full name Martín Montoya Torralbo[1]
Date of birth (1991-04-14) 14 April 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Gavà, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 22
Youth career
1998–1999 Gavà
1999–2009 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Barcelona B 74 (0)
2011–2016 Barcelona 45 (1)
2015–2016Inter Milan (loan) 3 (0)
2016Betis (loan) 13 (0)
2016–2018 Valencia 54 (2)
2018– Brighton & Hove Albion 27 (0)
National team
2008 Spain U17 8 (0)
2009 Spain U18 3 (0)
2009–2010 Spain U19 9 (0)
2010–2013 Spain U21 22 (1)
2012 Spain U23 5 (0)
2011– Catalonia 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2019

He started playing with Barcelona, going on to appear in 67 competitive games during five La Liga seasons and win seven major titles (two goals scored). In the competition he also represented Betis and Valencia, totalling 112 matches and three goals all clubs combined.

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Club careerEdit

BarcelonaEdit

Born in Gavà, Barcelona, Catalonia, Montoya started playing football for hometown club CF Gavà, moving to FC Barcelona's youth system, La Masia, at the age of 8. After progressing through its ranks, he was promoted to the B-team in 2009.[3]

In the 2009–10 season, Montoya contributed with 22 games as the Luis Enrique-led side returned to the second division after an 11-year absence. On 26 February 2011 he made his debut for the main squad, coming on as a substitute for Adriano in the last five minutes of a 3–0 away win against RCD Mallorca.[4]

Towards the end of March 2011, rumours surfaced linking Montoya with Valencia CF, who was willing to pay the €3 million buy-out clause of the player.[5][6] On 30 April, he made his first start for Barcelona in a 1–2 La Liga loss at Real Sociedad, suffering a broken clavicle in the early minutes of the match and being sidelined for the rest of the campaign.[7]

Montoya again spent the vast majority of 2011–12 with the reserves. His first start for the first team occurred on 12 January 2012, in a 2–1 away triumph against CA Osasuna for the Copa del Rey (6–1 on aggregate).[8] Due to injury to Dani Alves he played in the final of the domestic cup, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 win over Athletic Bilbao;[9] he had previously scored his first official goal on 6 December 2011, helping the hosts defeat FC BATE Borisov 4–0 in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.[10]

Montoya scored his second goal as a professional on 1 June 2013, netting the third in a 4–1 home win against Málaga CF.[11] He finished the season with 24 appearances all competitions comprised, totalling 1,678 minutes of action.[12]

Montoya expressed his desire to leave the Camp Nou in December 2014, after the signing of another player for his position, also Brazilian Douglas.[13][14] He eventually stayed until the end of the campaign, which ended in treble conquest, his only major contribution being playing 80 minutes in a 3–1 success at Paris Saint-Germain F.C. for the Champions League quarter-finals.[15][16]

In July 2015, Montoya joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan for €1.3 million, with the option of extending the deal for another year pending appearances.[17][18][19] The Italian club also had an obligation to buy him for €6 million, if he played 33% of all competitive matches during his tenure and each appearance amounted to at least 30 minutes.[20][21]

On 1 February 2016, still owned by Barcelona, Montoya signed with Real Betis until 30 June.[22]

ValenciaEdit

On 1 August 2016, Montoya signed a four-year deal with Valencia following the expiration of his contract with Barcelona.[23] He played 29 matches[24] and scored twice in his first season,[25][26] with his team finally ranking in 12th place.

Brighton & Hove AlbionEdit

On 9 August 2018, Montoya signed with English club Brighton & Hove Albion for €7 million, subject to international clearance.[27] He made his debut in the Premier League ten days later, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–2 home win against Manchester United.[28]

International careerEdit

In 2011, Montoya earned his first cap with the Spanish under-21 team. He was picked by manager Luis Milla to the squad that competed in that year's UEFA European Championship, and started in all the games as the national side won the tournament in Denmark.[29]

On 25 August 2011, Montoya was selected for the first time to the full side by coach Vicente del Bosque, for fixtures against Chile and Liechtenstein.[30] However, he did not take the field on either match.[31]

Montoya also represented Catalonia, making his debut in 2011. On his sixth cap, on 25 March 2019, he helped them to a 2–1 friendly win over Venezuela.[32]

Club statisticsEdit

As of 17 August 2019[33]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2008–09 Segunda División B 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Segunda División B 22 0 1[a] 0 23 0
2010–11 Segunda División 30 0 30 0
2011–12 Segunda División 21 0 21 0
Total 74 0 1 0 75 0
Barcelona 2010–11 La Liga 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2011–12 La Liga 7 0 2 0 1[b] 1 0 0 10 1
2012–13 La Liga 15 1 5 0 3[b] 0 1[c] 0 24 1
2013–14 La Liga 13 0 4 0 2[b] 0 0 0 19 0
2014–15 La Liga 8 0 3 0 1[b] 0 12 0
Total 45 1 14 0 7 1 1 0 67 2
Inter Milan (loan) 2015–16 Serie A 3 0 1 0 4 0
Betis (loan) 2015–16 La Liga 13 0 0 0 13 0
Valencia 2016–17 La Liga 29 2 2 0 31 2
2017–18 La Liga 25 0 6 0 31 0
Total 54 2 8 0 62 2
Brighton & Hove Albion 2018–19 Premier League 25 0 4 0 0 0 29 0
2019–20 Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 27 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
Career totals 216 3 27 0 0 0 7 1 2 0 252 4
  1. ^ Appearances in 2010 Segunda División B play-offs
  2. ^ a b c d All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in Supercopa de España

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Acta del partido celebrado el 20 de mayo de 2018, en Valencia" [Minutes of the match held on 20 May 2018, in Valencia] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Martín Montoya". FC Barcelona. Archived from the original on 18 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  3. ^ "El Barcelona, con once canteranos" [Barcelona, with eleven youth players]. ABC (in Spanish). 25 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Barcelona too strong for Mallorca". ESPN Soccernet. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  5. ^ Coerts, Stefan (29 March 2011). "Valencia keen on Barcelona's Martin Montoya". Goal. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  6. ^ San Antonio, Iván (18 April 2011). "Montoya, ¿renovación o al Valencia?" [Montoya, renewed or to Valencia?]. Sport (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Milito, Montoya out for six weeks". FIFA. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  8. ^ Aldunate, Ramiro (13 January 2012). "Messi enciende las antiniebla" [Messi turns fog lamps on]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Barca say goodbye in style". ESPN Soccernet. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Barcelona 4–0 BATE Borisov". Sky Sports. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Barca bring up century in style". ESPN FC. 1 June 2013. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  12. ^ Chamorro, David (14 September 2015). "El Inter de Milán insiste en reemplazar a Martín Montoya" [Inter Milan insist on replacing Martín Montoya] (in Spanish). Fichajes. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  13. ^ Short, Joe (10 December 2014). "Juventus to scupper Arsenal and Liverpool bids for Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya". Daily Express. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  14. ^ Roden, Lee (22 January 2015). "The wantaway Barcelona starlet who could be the perfect option for Liverpool". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  15. ^ Dawkes, Phil (15 April 2015). "Paris St G 1–3 Barcelona". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  16. ^ Pettigrove, Jason (17 April 2015). "Martin Montoya is not good enough for Barcelona". Give Me Sport. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Martín Montoya joins Inter Milan on loan". FC Barcelona. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Martin Montoya joins Inter". Inter Milan. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  19. ^ F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2015 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  20. ^ "Martín Montoya joins Inter Milan on loan". FC Barcelona. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  21. ^ "Inter, da Kondogbia a Montoya: ecco le cifre ufficiali del mercato" [Inter, from Kondogbia to Montoya: here are the official market figures]. Inter Live. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Martín Montoya loaned to Real Betis". FC Barcelona. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  23. ^ "Martín Montoya joins Valencia CF". Valencia CF. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  24. ^ "El reencuentro de Martín Montoya con el Betis" [Martín Montoya meets Betis again] (in Spanish). Valencia CF. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  25. ^ "3–3. Osasuna y Valencia empatan en un partido con tres remontadas locales" [3–3. Osasuna and Valencia draw in match with three local comebacks] (in Spanish). EFE. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  26. ^ Pi, Joan (15 January 2017). "Balsámica victoria del Valencia a costa del Espanyol" [Balsamic Valencia win at the expense of Espanyol]. Sport (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  27. ^ "Seagulls swoop for Montoya". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  28. ^ Anderson, Jamie (19 August 2018). "Brighton 3–2 Man Utd RESULT: Jose Mourinho delivers verdict after shock defeat". Daily Express. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  29. ^ Myson, Chris (19 June 2013). "Euro Under-21 Team of the Tournament: Thiago & Isco star as Spain dominate". Goal. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  30. ^ Amaro, Javier (25 August 2011). "Domínguez, Montoya y Botía, novedades de la lista de Del Bosque" [Domínguez, Montoya and Botía, news in Del Bosque's list]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  31. ^ "Martín Montoya vuelve con la sub'21" [Martín Montoya returns to the under'21s]. Sport (in Spanish). 30 September 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  32. ^ "Gerard Pique plays for Catalonia in a friendly against Venezuela". BBC Sport. 25 March 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  33. ^ a b c d e "Martín Montoya". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  34. ^ "Sergi Roberto, Thiago, Bartra y el último Barcelona B que ascendió a Segunda A" [Sergi Roberto, Thiago, Bartra and the last Barcelona B who promoted to Segunda A] (in Spanish). One Football. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  35. ^ Estepa, Javier (1 July 2017). "¿Cómo les cambió la vida a los últimos sub21?" [How has life changed for the last under21s?]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 May 2019.

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