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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 9th 2008, whilst still a Youth Team player, coming on in the semi-final of the...
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 9th 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 19th 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 26th at the Iberostar Estadi against RCD Mallorca, coming on for the last five minutes and nearly 10 months later on December 6th, 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 25th 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.
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.