In the distant future, the current Italian national team will forever be remembered as the generation that has had the most controversial and immature figures in its history. Especially in the attacking line, the Azzurri are hugely characterized by some individuals who just don’t seem to get one right.
One of them is undoubtedly the misunderstood Mario Balotelli who negatively uses his position of having an extremely powerful media influence on his shoulders. Overall, however, the 23-year-old has finally managed to develop an ability to somehow handle his reputation as best as he can despite several falls every now and then.
Another one is Antonio Cassano whose behavioral problems have kept him away from the Azzurri for almost two years now. For the Parma player, the only consistent quality of his career has been the poor relationships with either coaches or fans of every single team he has ever played for (except for Bari).
Last but not least there is the one and only Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, who is about to be literally fired from his current club, Southampton of England, due to a very violent fight he caused against the Portuguese Josè Fonte during a team’s practice. This event led the club to suspend the Argentine-born Italian for two weeks which are now added to the three-match ban given to the player by the English Football Association due to the touchline incident against Newcastle United of last December.
With the World Cup coming up in only five months, this incident has put Osvaldo’s chances of actually being called-up for the major tournament in serious risk. As a matter of fact, Italy’s coach Cesare Prandelli will now have a lot of thinking to do whether or not counting on a player who, once again, has broken his famous code of ethics.
Not in vane, the 28-year-old was already forced to miss the 2013 Confederations Cup after he was punished by the manager for his inappropriate behaviors in the Coppa Italia final against Lazio back when he played for Roma.
Lucky as he is, however, perhaps only Giuseppe Rossi‘s injury and Stephan El Shaarawy‘s level decrease could keep Prandelli into the consideration of taking Osvaldo to Brazil 2014. Other than for this simple reason, Dani could really start planning a family trip for the summer rather than hoping to play the world’s most prestigious competition.
Certainly, under the soccer perspective, the Nazionale would be missing a great talent. But even so, no one would really notice his absence.