We're a week and a half removed from the last international break and we already have news pertaining to the next one. It's an interesting one at that — a player who is full of talent but hasn't been playing the kind of minutes you would expect to merit a call-up to one of the deepest and most gift group of strikers currently in the game today.
But, even with just one Serie A start under his belt this season, Juventus striker Paulo Dybala has been called up to the Argentina national team for the first time when they face Paraguay and Ecuador during the next international break.
They just had to put Dybala next to Tévez, didn't they? At least Paulo has better hair and his boyish good looks going for him. And I can't wait to see if this "Lionel Messi" fella can develop into something special. Rumor has it he has the ability to score a goal or two. Maybe even break the ankles of a defender at the same time.
That said, it is a bit odd timing-wise knowing that Dybala hasn't exactly played all that much to begin the season. He's played well when he has played, but he just hasn't played very many minutes compared to Juventus' other talented strikers like Álvaro Morata and Mario Mandzukic. Maybe the skeptic in all of us will say that there's some kind of ulterior motive based on things that have happened in the past six or eight months. How much of this is actual fact we might not know, but Dybala was certainly eligible to play for Italy because of ancestry.
That won't happen now, and Dybala will likely make his Argentina debut sooner rather than later. He will get to play alongside players he has idolized while growing up and then making the voyage to Italy to see his career grown into what it is this very day.
And based on the amount of talent he has in his 21-year-old body, this won't be the last time that Dybala is called up to the Argentina national team. Nah, this could be the start of something really, really good. Hopefully it's just the same as when he's wearing the black and white stripes, not just the light blue ones.