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Martín Montoya was born in Barcelona on April 14th, 1991 and at the age of 8 he joined the Club’s academy system. Since then, he has worked his way up through the various categories, finally making his first team debut on September 9, 2008, whilst still a Youth Team player, coming on in the semi-final of the Copa Catalunya...
Martín Montoya was born in Barcelona on April 14th, 1991 and at the age of 8 he joined the Club’s academy system. Since then, he has worked his way up through the various categories, finally making his first team debut on September 9, 2008, whilst still a Youth Team player, coming on in the semi-final of the Copa Catalunya against UE Sant Andreu and officially joining the first team squad in July 2012.
In the 2008/09 season he joined the Youth A team and also played with Luis Enrique’s B team. On August 19, 2009 he made his first start for the first team, in the Joan Gamper Trophy against Manchester City.
The following season, he became a full B team squad member and has played 51 times for the reserves. He made his full league debut under Guardiola on February 26 at the Iberostar Estadi against RCD Mallorca, coming on for the last five minutes and nearly 10 months later on December 6, he made his first European appearance, scoring in the win against FC BATE Borissov.
With Dani Alves’ injury at the end of the 2011/12 season, Montoya figured in the last four games of the season and in the Spanish Cup final win over Bilbao.
Martín Montoya has played for the Spanish Under-16s, Under 17s – with whom he won the European Championship – Under 19s and Under 21s, winning the European Championships alongside his Barça teammate Thiago Alcántara in June 2011.
On August 25 of the same year he received his first full international call up for the friendly against Chile and the Euro 2012 qualifier against Lichtenstein, equalling Tomas Christiansen’s record, set in the 1992/93 season, as the only B team player to get a full international call up.
The 2013/14 season was Montoya’s second year as a first team player, and his participation in matches dropped slightly under the management of Martino. With the number 2 on his back, which was Dani Alves’ number previously, the Catalan played a total of 19 matches: 12 in La Liga, 4 in the Copa del Rey and 2 Champions League games. On January 19 2014, in the Levante-Barça match, Montoya played his 50th game for the senior side. On March 22 he extended his contract until June 30 2018.
At 1,74 metres tall, Montoya is a very fast player, full of stamina and skilled at getting forward down the wing. He is also a strong and tireless defender and after more than a decade learning at the Club he as a perfect passing and crossing technique.