Nery Alberto Castillo Confalonieri (born 13 June 1984 in San Luis Potosí), is a Mexican international footballer who currently plays for Liga MX club León on loan from C.F. Pachuca. He has also been called up to the Mexico national team.
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 2 June 2007 vs Iran, and represented his country in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2007 Copa America.
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