|Full name||Mariano Nicolás González|
|Date of birth||5 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Tandil, Argentina|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Winger|
|2006–2007||→ Inter Milan (loan)||14||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Porto (loan)||21||(2)|
|2013||→ Arsenal Sarandí (loan)||13||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 March 2019|
Born in Tandil, Buenos Aires Province, González started his career at Racing Club de Avellaneda, arriving at 17 from neighbouring Club Atlético Independiente. He made his professional debut at 21 under legendary Osvaldo Ardiles, and went on to appear in 64 Primera División matches, notably scoring the 4–3 winner against Boca Juniors.
In 2004, González left for Italy, signing with Serie A side U.S. Città di Palermo and going on to feature regularly during two seasons, especially the second. For the 2006–07 campaign he was loaned to Inter Milan, where he failed to break into the starting lineup, barred by the likes of Luís Figo and Dejan Stanković. Later, Inter opted not to renew the loan deal, and Palermo subsequently accepted a similar request by FC Porto on 17 July 2007.
After Ricardo Quaresma's sale to precisely Inter, González was acquired on a permanent basis by the Portuguese, for €3,25 million, rejoining former Palermo teammate (and countryman) Ernesto Farías, and began to feature more prominently, notabling scoring in the last minute to level it 2–2 at Manchester United, for the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, while also being an important part of the northerners' back-to-back Primeira Liga conquests (he also won the competition while on loan).
González won his first cap for Argentina in 2003, under Marcelo Bielsa. The following year he was summoned for the Copa América as the nation finished second, and also played olympic football at the 2004 Summer Olympics, winning gold.
- Primeira Liga: 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11
- Taça de Portugal: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2009
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- "Gonzalez in prestito al Porto" [González on loan at Porto] (in Italian). U.S. Palermo. 17 July 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2007.
- "Mariano sends Porto confidence soaring". UEFA. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
- "Mariano González reforça Estudiantes" [Mariano González bolsters Estudiantes]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 July 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- "Argentina National Team – Bielsa II". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- Mariano González – FIFA competition record
- Juan Pablo Varsky (6 August 2007). "El misterioso FC Locarno, el elegido de los argentinos" [The mysterious FC Locarno, the Argentines' chosen one]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- "Pasa por el diván Mariano González" [Mariano González visits shrink's couch]. El Eco (in Spanish). 27 October 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2018.