A right-back who is solid in defence and knows when to push forward, where he can be a threat in the air, Gabriel Mercado has earned the confidence of Jorge Sampaoli. Part of the reason for that is that he can also slot in as a centre-half in a three or four-man defence.
Sampaoli deployed him in that role during his time at Sevilla, where Gabi lived up to the expectations created during successful stints with Estudiantes and River Plate.
Mercado served notice of his character when helping Argentina lift the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada in 2007. His senior debut came in 2010 under Diego Maradona, though he did not make the journey to South Africa. After being named in the provisional squad for Brazil 2014, he failed to make the final cut on that occasion as well.
A runner-up at the Copa America Centenario, Mercado scored twice in nine appearances in the qualifiers for Russia 2018.