The best box-to-box midfielder alive?? Not too many will disagree. Bayern Munich’s midfield-warrior is more than just a man who, one minute, is hunting down opponents and the next, launching counters and driving flying belters towards the opponents box.
Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo is a Chilean professional footballer who plies his trade with Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Chile national team.
Serie-A Champion? Check… Bundesliga Champion? Check….. Copa America Champion? Again, Check. But what are some of the most catchy facts on KING ARTURO?
Let’s find out..
Shares Birthdays With Some All-Time Greats
Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Manchester United Legend George Best, and Legendary Tennis icon Novak Djokovic were all born on the 22nd Of May, the same day as the Chilean warrior.
Winning Starts With The Whys?
A 12-year-old Arturo Vidal helped Hugo Gonzales’ Santiago icons Colo Colo win three successive championships.
“I liked football and wanted to help my family.” Was his response when asked why he decided to go pro.
El Guerrero For A Reason, Mother’s Faith Played A Role
“I like it. It describes my style of play and my character well,” Vidal once said about his ‘el Guerrero‘, the Warrior nickname.
“Training or match, it doesn’t make a difference: I run and want to win. It’s the same in life.”
The Copa America winner also recognizes his mother’s moral and unflinching support in his early days..
“She always told me to be consistent in everything I do, and fight for what I want. Always,”
Leverkusen, First Romance With European Football
“That it was the opportunity of a lifetime, I chose Leverkusen after [sporting director] Rudi Völler came to Chile in the spring of 2007” The Chilean recalled in an interview.
Of course, Voller and Leverkusen weren’t blind, Vidal was phenomenal at the 2007 Under-20 World Cup in Canada, alongside compatriots Alexis Sanchez and former Inter man Gary Medel.
Dining With The Old Lady
“I wanted to come to Italy, it was my dream.” Vidal said reminiscing when the Bianconeri beat Bayern to his signature back in 2011 and what better place to pitch your tent that with the Serie-A’s crème de la crème?
Antonio Conte’s objective madness, Four successive Scudetto and a Midfield party that had the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, and Claudio Marchisio was all the Chilean needed for a perfect spell in the land of the Azzurri.
Four stars signifying four Serie-A titles with Juventus alongside the words ‘Il campione‘, the champion in Italian.
‘Familia‘ – Neck, ‘Rey Arturo‘ — King Arturo, – Arm.
Insulin pump –Stomach: a tribute to his diabetic son.
Chile flag –Calve: A Patriotic gesture reflecting successive Copa America triumphs with the National team
Love Affair With Die Rotten
Four years after missing out on bringing King Arturo down to Bavaria, Bayern finally signed him from the same team [Juventus] who beat them to Vidal’s signature in 2011
“There are no doubts about Vidal’s quality,” former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola said following Vidal’s transfer to the Allianz Arena.
Two successive Bundesliga titles followed and Vidal has continued to show Bayern that even after a colorful spell with the Bianconeri, he still has a lot to bring to the table.
Penalty Mishap With Team-mates
As Juventus boss, Antonio Conte wasted little time in crowning Vidal the Bianconeri’s first choice penalty-taker, but that confidence that the Italian tactician saw nearly cost the Chilean the respect of his Bayern team-mates
“We have a clear pecking order for penalties,”
“Thomas [Müller] is taker number one, I’m number two. But it’s good that Arturo also wanted to take it. It’s better than everyone being scared.”
Arjen Robben said after an ugly episode against Vidal’s former team, Leverkusen in August 2015.