César Montes



By Aniello Luciano – 24 March 2017
Technical Skills

Offensive. Twenty-three appearances coupled with four goals – a decent score for a player limiting his raids in the opponents’ box. Thanks to his long legs he’s good at escaping his marker either with offensive runs or in set pieces, also taking advantage of his technique. Montes’ long balls are also a good attacking option for Monterrey.

Defensive. Montes is thought by many to be a natural successor to Rafa Marquez, as he shows great command of his own box alongside confidence, strength and positioning, the latter being crucial when he faces quick forwards. Despite his height, he has good ball control and passing skills. He’s very competitive although he can handle tricky situations and opponents without turning hot-tempered.
However, Montes can still improve when he is under pressure.






César Jasib Montes was born in February 1997 in Hermosillo, capital of the Sonora state, overlooked by the rock Cierro de la Campana and known by Mexicans as “Ciudad del Sol”, which could well hints at the bright future Montes’ has before him. In a city famous for its baseball tradition, the boy initially plays on the diamond before turning to football at the age of 6 just like his older brother,. He joined the youth sectors of Pumas, Tigres and Pachuca and eventually came back home, playing for Hermosillo’s Pumas 97 under coach Miguel Ángel López Arriquivez, who he had already met in Pachuca. Despite acknowledging his defensive skills, López played Montes as a defensive midfielder to give him more freedom as well as making the most his attacking ability. From 2011 to 2013 he shone with his hometown’s side, which earned him a call from another local club, Poblado Miguel Alemán, who took part in the Tercera División de México and won it also thanks to their defense, led by a very young Montes who benefitted from the advice of coach Enrique Ferreira. It’s during that winning run that the centre-back crossed paths with Monterrey, who were impressed by his display. He would make the switch to the Rayados, where he received a warm welcome, something he would pay back several years later, when he scored with a header against Benfica in the opening friendly match of the brand-new Estadio BBVA Bancomer. Prior to that, Montes had featured almost in each and every team of Monterrey’s youth academy, from the U17 side to the U20. He repeated a similar path with the national team, starting from the U18, just few months after his arrival at Monterrey, and going on to play for the U20 and finally the U23, with whom he took part in the 2016 Olympics. In summer 2015, coach Antonio Mohamed asked for Montes to join the first team, but after a promising pre-season he told the defender he would prefer more experienced players, although his chance would come soon. Words were soon followed by facts, as César Montes made his debut during a Copa MX game against Correcaminos on 30 July 2015, also playing his first game in the league just two weeks later as a left-back. In the Apertura, he provided an assist in the Clásico Regio against Tigres, and showed a good consistency in the Clausura, after which he was honoured as the “Mejor Novato”, the best debuting player of the Mexican League. Everything he touches turns into gold – he also scored during his first CONCACAF Champions League match against Panamanian side CD Árabe Unido. Montes is gradually emerging as one of the best Mexican players, with the next steps being a move to Europe as well as a call-up from the national team. As regards the former, Roma and Sporting Lisbona already showed interest for the player, while it seems to be just a matter of time before coach Osorio picks him for Mexico squad.

Player’s Description

A supporter of Barcelona, where his idol Rafa Marquez used to play, Montes is a guy whose personality is made of opposites: he’s a hard-working person but also gives himself moments of relax; he has wisdom, coupled with extravagance; he likes studying, but also practices several free-time activities. In music, one of his biggest passions, he ranges from “ranchera” to reggaeton. Family is certainly one of his priorities — it’s also thanks to his parents’ support that he could turn what was a simple hobby into a real job.



Pro and cons

PROS. Leadership, heading duels, tackling.

CONS. Strength related to his height, speed, limited array of solutions.