A holding midfielder with good technique and distribution, the stocky ball-winner is key to Uruguay's tactical plan. In his own words Gargano says: 'El Maestro [coach Oscar Tabarez] wants me to play as a holding midfielder so I do that job first and from there try to bring my own game into it. It's about being a complete player, being able to adapt to the needs of the team. For Uruguay I'd even play at full-back if that's what was needed.'
Tabarez handed him his debut in May 2006 in a 2-1 friendly win over Libya. Gargano enjoyed an excellent season in Serie A with Napoli, missing just two games as the club finished sixth. He signed for the Italian club in 2007 and has been an integral part of their midfield ever since.
He began his career with Montevideo-based Danubio, winning two league titles before departing for Naples for a £2m fee. His role models are Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez and Argentina's Juan Veron.
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