The international break is always a bummer for fans of club football, but we can still be excited for the lads who exchange their purple shirts for those of their countries. And, in the case of Giovanni Simeone, we can be especially happy, because the Argentine earned his first cap with a start against Guatemala in a friendly and, naturally, scored his first international goal.
Just woken up to the news that SIMEONE SCORED ON HIS ARGENTINA DEBUT! Made up for him (and Pezzella played too) pic.twitter.com/2p2GjT7ivM— Chloe Beresford (@ChloeJBeresford) September 8, 2018
While the skeptic might point out that this is just a friendly in Los Angeles against the 146th-ranked team in the world, the skeptic in this case is a jackass and a killjoy, because how can you not be amped for el Cholito? After all, it was pretty nice goal. Exequiel Palacios won the ball high up the pitch and played Simeone in, and the striker slipped past his man and finished coolly with his left over the goalkeeper from a tough angle for the sort of routine goal that top-notch forwards put away with ease.
Argentina is undeniably stacked up top even in the absence of Lionel Messi, with the likes of Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Agüero, and newcomers such as Lautaro Martinez. But if you think that such an obstacle will slow Giovanni down, you clearly don’t know the Simeones at all. Getting a taste will have only made him hungrier, and you know he’ll go all out in his pursuit of more chances with la Albiceleste.