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César Montes
César Montes MEX-KOR Rio2016.jpg
Montes with Mexico at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full name César Jasib Montes Castro
Date of birth 24 February 1997 (1997-02-24) (age 24)
Place of birth Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club Monterrey
Number 3
Youth career
2013–2014 Pob. Miguel Alemán
2014–2015 Monterrey
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Monterrey 172 (8)
National team
2016 Mexico U21 4 (0)
2016–2021 Mexico U23 12 (0)
2017– Mexico 14 (1)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 May 2021 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 August 2021 (UTC)

César Jasib Montes Castro (born 24 February 1997) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Liga MX club Monterrey and the Mexico national team.

Club career

Monterrey

During a youth league playoff match with Pob. Miguel Alemán against Monterrey, he caught the attention of the opposing team. He was eventually brought onto Monterrey's youth team and on 2 August 2015, Montes played his first match with Monterrey against Portuguese team Benfica on the inauguration of the Estadio BBVA Bancomer. Montes came in as a substitute for the second half, and at the 48th minute he scored the first ever-goal in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer. Monterrey defeated Benfica 3–0.

Montes made his official debut for Monterrey on 29 July 2015, against Correcaminos UAT in an Apertura 2015 Copa MX group stage match, where Monterrey defeated Correcaminos 3–1. At the end of the 2016 Clausura, he was listed in the Bext XI.

At the end of December 2019, he would win the 2019 Apertura finals against América.

With Monterrey's victory of the 2019–20 Copa MX, they had obtained the continental treble.

Clásico Regiomontano

Clásico Regiomontano matches against crosstown rivals Tigres UANL have proven to be significant for Montes, scoring three goals against them to date. He would make his league debut on 19 September 2015 against Tigres UANL, contributing a 40-meter long ball assist to Rogelio Funes Mori to score the only goal for Monterrey where they lost Monterrey lost 3–1. On 14 May 2016, he would score Monterrey's only goal of the second leg of the Clausura 2016 championship quarter-final against Tigres UANL, losing 2–1, but with an aggregate score of 4–3 in favor of Monterrey to allow them move onto the semi-final against América. On 29 October 2016, he would tie the game against Tigres UANL, 1–1. On 21 April 2017, Montes scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Tigres UANL.

International career

Mexico U-21

He was part of the roster that participated in the 2018 Toulon Tournament. He would go on to appear in all group stage matches including the semi-final, except for the final where Mexico would go to lose 1–2 against England since he picked up an injury in the previous match against Turkey. He would go on to be included in the Best XI team of the tournament.

Mexico U-23

Coréia do Sul x México - Futebol masculino - Olimpíada Rio 2016 (28866553346)
Montes playing against South Korea in the 2016 Summer Olympics

On 7 July 2016, Montes was named in Mexico's 21-man squad that would participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He would appear in all of Mexico's group stage matches but Mexico would finish third in their group and were thus eliminated from the competition.

He was called up to participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Mexico national team

He was called up by the senior national team to participate in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He would make his debut on 13 July 2017 during a group stage match against Jamaica, coming in as a substitute for Rodolfo Pizarro at half-time, finishing the game at 0–0.

On 6 June 2019, Montes was called up by coach Gerardo Martino to participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He appeared as a substitute in the group stage match against Cuba and as a starter in the final group stage match against Martinique as Mexico went on to win the tournament.

Style of play

A ball-playing defender that has shown maturity despite at a young age, Montes has a great range of passing, and has shown on a few occasions that he’s able to pick out long-range passes, can execute a well-timed, and accurate, slide tackle, has shown he is capable of contributing goals in set-pieces, and is good in the air and able to deal with high balls into the box.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Monterrey 2015–16 Liga MX 33 1 4 1 37 2
2016–17 33 4 6 0 2 1 41 5
2017–18 27 0 10 0 37 0
2018–19 25 2 1 0 7 0 33 2
2019–20 24 1 10 1 2 0 36 2
2020–21 30 0 4 0 34 0
2021–22 0 0 0 0
Total 172 8 31 2 13 1 2 0 218 11
Career total 172 8 31 2 13 1 2 0 218 11

International

Mexico
Year Apps Goals
2017 5 0
2019 5 0
2020 2 0
2021 2 1
Total 14 1

International goals

Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 June 2021 Nissan Stadium, Nashville, United States  Panama 2–0 3–0 Friendly

Honours

Monterrey

Mexico U23

Mexico

Individual

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