Nery Castillo

Nery Castillo

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Nery Alberto Castillo Confalonieri (born June 13, 1984 in San Luis Potosí), is a Mexican international footballer who currently plays for Aris.

He began his career at Uruguayan club Danubio, moving to Greece at the age of 16 to play for Olympiacos.Castillo spent seven years at Olympiacos, gradually developing into a regular starter over a three year period. Once established in the team Castillo helped Olympiacos to three consecutive league titles, prompting Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk to spend €20 million to secure his services in 2007. After only a handful of starts for Shakhtar, Castillo was dropped for refusing to allow team-mate Cristiano Lucarelli to take a penalty. In December 2007, he moved on a year's loan to Premier League club Manchester City, paying a substantial amount of the loan fee himself. He would also be loaned out to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and MLS club Chicago Fire.

He made his international debut for Mexico on June 2, 2007 vs Iran, and represented his country in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2007 Copa America.

Early Years

Castillo was born in the Mexican city San Luis Potosí, where his father, a Uruguayan professional footballer, played for San Luis. The family moved to South America while Castillo was still a small child. He started playing for club Danubio in the youth team. While participating with Danubio's youth team in a Brazilian tournament, Castillo was spotted by scouts from European clubs. He went on trial...
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