Arturo Vidal Profile
|Born||May 22, 1987|
|Birthplace||San Joaquin, Santiago, Chile|
Arturo Vidal is a tenacious midfielder for Serie A team Inter Milan and Chile. He has won major trophies at his previous clubs including Juventus, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Vidal has played over 100 times for his national side and was a key figure during Chile's back-to-back Copa Americas victories in 2015 and 2016. Vidal won the Chilean Footballer of the Year award in 2016.
Vidal is regarded as one of the most complete midfielders in the world due to his versatility, good vision and his brilliant technique.
His tenacious style of play and hard-tackling saw him nicknamed 'Il Gurriero' ('The Warrior'), from his time at Juventus. Vidal can play across the midfield and, despite playing in a more defensive role, he has an eye for goal.
He made his Barca debut as a substitute in a 2-1 victory against Sevilla in the 2018 Spanish Super Cup final. In October 2018, just three minutes after coming on in the El Clasico, Vidal scored his first goal for the club as Barca thrashed Real Madrid 5-1.
He made 96 appearances for the Spanish club in all competitions - winning the 2018 Spanish Super Cup and the 2018/19 La Liga title.
In the 2019/20 season, Vidal faced his old club Bayern in the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League. "Bayern will be playing against the best team in the world: Barca," said Vidal in an interview with ESPN. "They aren't playing against some random Bundesliga team. It's going to be a proper football game. They better be ready for us, because we're looking forward to the challenge."
However, the match finished 8-2 to Bayern, and it was Vidal's final game for the club.
After stating that Barca needed to change their philosophy, the 33-year-old midfielder left on sour terms as he completed his move to Inter Milan in September 2020 for â‚¬1million.
Vidal's first stint in Italy was a very successful one - making 124 appearances and winning four Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia trophies whilst at Juventus.
During his four years at the Turin club, Vidal won the Juventus Player of the Year award for the 2012/13 season and was included in the Serie A Team of the Year for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 campaigns.
In July 2015, he signed for Bayern Munich on a four-year deal for a fee of €37million, plus €3m in bonuses. It was his second spell in the Bundesliga having played over a hundred matches for Bayer Leverkusen between 2007-2011
At Bayern, Vidal won three Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Pokal trophy and two DFL-Supercups.
His first season at Bayern brought success as he scored four goals and claimed seven assists. He was also included in the 2015/16 Bundesliga Team of the Season and was nominated for the UEFA 2015 Team of the Year.
After making his 100th appearance for the club in a 5-4 DFB-Pokal victory against RB Leipzig, Vidal sustained a season ending knee injury in April 2018, which was his last game for the club.
In October 2018, he was fined after being found guilty of assault during a nightclub fight which happened in September 2017 at Munich's Crowns Club.
Moving to Milan
In September 2020, Barcelona accepted a fee of just £1million for Vidal, as the Chilean moved on to play for Inter Milan. In his first season there, Vidal managed to score against his former club Juventus, as well as help the side to win their first league title in 11 years.
Vidal has appeared in four Copa Americas and two World Cups since he made his Chile debut in 2007. He became a national hero when Chile won the Copa America in 2015, scoring three goals and dispatching his penalty in the shootout win over Argentina in the final - despite having a drink driving charge midway through the tournament.
At the 2016 Copa America Centenario he scored two goals in the group stages, but in the final Vidal had his penalty saved in the shootout. Fortunately, his team went on to defend their title 4-2 on penalties. As in 2015, Vidal was named in the Team of the Tournament.
In October 2017, Vidal announced his international retirement after Chile lost 3-0 to Brazil in their final qualifying game which saw them fail to reach the 2018 World Cup. However, he quickly reversed his decision just 24 hours later.
He became the seventh La Roja's player to reach 100 caps for Chile in a friendly against Denmark in March 2018.
Vidal has been in a relationship with fitness model and social media influencer Sonia Isaza since 2018. He was married to Maria Teresa Matus for 10 years but the pair divorced in 2019. Together, they have three children; Alonso, Elisabetta and Emiliano.
Vidal was born into poverty and his father Erasmo, had trouble with the law when he was growing up. His mother, Jacqueline Pardo, was crucial in his upbringing and is seen as an icon by Vidal. He has five siblings, including brother Sandrino and two sisters, Victoria and Ambar.
He donated all of his Copa America earnings to charity in 2015, after he was caught drink-driving and escaped a jail sentence.
Vidal signed a two-year contract at Inter in September 2020. According to Forbes, he will earn $7million per season, including sponsorship deals. His net worth is around $17million.
In July 2013, EA sports gaming company announced that they would be signing Vidal to feature on the regional front cover of the soccer video game FIFA 14, alongside Lionel Messi. This was the first time ever that a Chilean international player appeared on the cover of a FIFA game.