Rogelio Funes Mori

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Rogelio Funes Mori
Rogelio Funes Mori.jpg
Funes Mori in 2017
Personal information
Full name Rogelio Gabriel Funes Mori[1]
Date of birth (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 31)
Place of birth Mendoza, Argentina
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Monterrey
Number 7
Youth career
2001–2008 Associated Soccer Group
2008 FC Dallas
2008–2009 River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 River Plate 100 (20)
2013–2015 Benfica 2 (0)
2013–2015 Benfica B 12 (13)
2014–2015Eskişehirspor (loan) 29 (8)
2015– Monterrey 233 (112)
National team
2007–2008 Argentina U17 2 (0)
2010–2011 Argentina U20 12 (4)
2012 Argentina 1 (0)
2021– Mexico 17 (6)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23 October 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 30 November 2022

Rogelio Gabriel Funes Mori (born 5 March 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Liga MX club Monterrey. Born in Argentina, he represents the Mexico national team.[2]

He began his career at River Plate before transferring to Benfica, after a brief stint in Turkey he signed with Liga MX club Monterrey in the summer of 2015 and quickly established himself as one of the league's best strikers, winning the league, two domestic cups and two CONCACAF Champions League titles and surpassing Humberto Suazo to become the club's all-time top scorer in all competitions.[3][4][5]

His identical twin brother José Ramiro is also a footballer who played as a defender for Premier League club Everton and La Liga outfit Villarreal and for the Argentina national team.

Early life[edit]

Funes Mori was born in Mendoza, Argentina. In 2001, he moved to Arlington, Texas and attended Workman Junior High and Arlington High School where he was coached by Jeffrey Waldrop playing football with his twin brother, Ramiro.[6] The twins' father, Miguel, played professional football in Argentina with clubs such as Independiente Rivadavia and Club Atlético Argentino in the 1980s.[7] Funes Mori scored 40 goals in the 2008 season leading his team to District Champions and Area Finalist with a record of 24–2–1. Rogelio and Ramiro, who are identical twins, also played several seasons for the Associated Soccer Group (ASG) 91' team. His coach with ASG was Uche Okafor.[8]

After that, Chelsea scout Jorge Alvial scouted Rogelio and Ramiro on the first day of the reality show Sueño MLS, and spoke to his parents about a future tryout at Chelsea.[9] He participated in Sueño MLS and won the contest, therefore becoming part of FC Dallas.[10][11][12]

Club career[edit]

River Plate[edit]

Funes Mori began his professional career with River Plate in the Argentine Primera División on 6 December 2009, on a 1–3 defeat against Vélez Sársfield.[13] He played the last two games of that year at home against Racing Club and away to Tigre, scoring his first goal with the club in their visit to the latter.[14][15]

In the traditional pre-season encounters for the big clubs in Argentina, the Torneos de Verano, he scored for River in a 3–1 victory over their rivals Boca Juniors in Mar del Plata's Copa Desafío.[16]

On 9 May, during the 2010 Clausura tournament, he scored his first hat-trick for River Plate in a game against Racing Club. He achieved the three goals in only 24 minutes, breaking a personal 11-match streak without scoring a goal.[17] In the last game of the tournament, the forward scored River's only goal in a 1–5 loss to Tigre at home.[18][19]

In the first game of the 2010 Apertura, he scored a 90th-minute goal following an assist from Ariel Ortega to secure a 1–0 victory over Tigre.[20] This was his third goal in three games against that team. In the third fixture, against Independiente, he scored two goals in the first half as River went on to win 3–2.[21] The forward scored his fourth goal of the season in the 1–0 victory over Arsenal de Sarandí.[22]

Benfica[edit]

On 10 August 2013, Funes Mori joined Benfica on a five-year contract. River Plate received €2 million from an investment group who kept a share of its economic right's, with Benfica receiving half, plus the sports rights.[23]

On 15 September, he made his debut for Benfica B, scoring his first goal in a Benfica shirt. On 15 March, he scored four goals for the B side against Sporting Covilhã in a 4–0 win. On 9 July 2014, he was loaned to Eskişehirspor in Turkey for one year, with the option to make the move permanent for a €3.5 million fee.[24]

Monterrey[edit]

On 12 June 2015, Funes Mori moved to Liga MX club Monterrey.[25] He made his debut in a 3–2 friendly win over Morelia, scoring in the 91st minute.[26] In his debut tournament he finished fourth-joint top scorer of the league with 11 goals.

On 6 August 2016, he scored his first hat-trick against León.[27]

In December 2017, he won the Copa MX after defeating Pachuca 1–0 in a home win.[28]

He scored his 100th goal for the club on 18 December 2019 in the Club World Cup semi-final against Premiere League club Liverpool, making it 1–1 partial at the 14th minute but culminating in a 2–1 loss.[29] After their participation at the Club World Cup, Monterrey disputed the Apertura championship finals against América. In the second leg, he scored the tying aggregate goal in order to take the match into overtime; where the winner was determined via a penalty shootout and Monterrey ultimately won 4–2.[30] He was included in the tournament's Best XI.[31]

With Monterrey's victory of the 2019–20 Copa MX, they had obtained the continental treble.[32]

International career[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Funes Mori was called up by Walter Perazzo to be part of the Argentina under-20 squad that participated in the 2011 South American Youth Championship, scoring twice.[33][34]

In 2012, Funes Mori made his senior debut for Argentina during a friendly match in the Superclásico de las Américas.[35]

Mexico[edit]

Early in 2019, Funes Mori inquired FIFA about the possibility to play for Mexico,[36] but was deemed ineligible.[37] In 2020, following a change of rules regarding naturalized players by FIFA, he was deemed eligible to play for Mexico and restated his interest.[38] On 14 June 2021, Funes Mori was granted his Mexican citizenship making him eligible to play for Mexico.[39]

On 3 July 2021, he earned his first cap with the senior national team under manager Gerardo Martino in a friendly match against Nigeria, scoring on his debut in the team's 4–0 victory.[40]

Funes Mori participated at the 2021 Gold Cup,[41] scoring a total of 3 times.[42] Mexico finished runner-up after losing the final to the United States 0–1.[43]

In October 2022, Funes Mori was named in Mexico's preliminary 31-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and in November, he was ultimately included in the final 26-man roster.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Funes Mori is married to Jorgelina who is the sister of former FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Díaz.[45] His twin brother, Ramiro, is also a footballer and plays for Liga MX club Cruz Azul as a defender and played for the Argentina national team at two Copa América tournaments.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 October 2022[46]
Club Season League National cup League cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 2009–10 Argentine Primera División 19 5 19 5
2010–11 25 4 25 4
2011–12 Primera B Nacional 23 4 5 2 28 6
2012–13 Argentine Primera División 32 7 32 7
2013–14 1 0 1 0
Total 100 20 5 2 105 22
Benfica 2013–14 Primeira Liga 2 0 1 0 2 0 5 0
Benfica B 2013–14 Liga Portugal 2 12 13 12 13
Eskişehirspor (loan) 2014–15 Süper Lig 29 8 7 6 36 14
Monterrey 2015–16 Liga MX 36 20 8 5 44 25
2016–17 33 15 6 7 2 0 41 22
2017–18 32 17 8 2 40 19
2018–19 31 16 5 2 7 2 43 20
2019–20 30 15 6 3 3 2 39 20
2020–21 34 15 6 3 40 18
2021–22 24 9 2 1 26 10
2022–23 13 5 13 5
Total 233 112 33 19 20 8 286 139
Career total 376 153 46 27 2 0 20 8 444 188

International[edit]

As of match played 30 November 2022[47]
National team Year Apps Goals
Mexico 2021 13 5
2022 4 1
Total 17 6
Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 July 2021 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Nigeria 2–0 4–0 Friendly
2. 14 July 2021 Cotton Bowl, Dallas, United States  Guatemala 1–0 3–0 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3. 2–0
4. 24 July 2021 State Farm Stadium, Glendale, United States  Honduras 1–0 3–0 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
5. 10 October 2021 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  Honduras 2–0 3–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 9 November 2022 Estadi Montilivi, Girona, Spain  Iraq 2–0 4–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

River Plate

Benfica

Monterrey

Individual

References[edit]

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