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Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo (  born 22 May 1987) is a Chilean footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Chile national team.

After starting his career with Colo-Colo, Chile’s most successful club, Vidal joined Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, where he played for four seasons. He then moved to Juventus in 2011, where he won Scudetti in all four of his seasons, played in the UEFA Champions League final, and became widely recognized as one of the best midfielders in world football.

Vidal has earned over 80 caps for the Chile national team since his debut in 2007, playing in the 2011 and 2015 Copa América tournaments, as well as the Copa América Centenario, and the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, helping them to victory at the 2015 Copa América and the Copa América Centenario.

Style of play

A versatile and hard-working player who played several different defensive and midfield roles in his early years,  Vidal eventually found his position at Juventus in the centre as a box-to-box midfielder, capable of assisting his teammates in both defense and attack.  Throughout his career, he has also been deployed as a central defender, as a defensive midfielder, as an attacking midfielder, or even on the wing, due to his crossing ability.

It was these displays for Juventus that led him to be nicknamed Il Guerriero (“The Warrior”), Rey Arturo (“King Arthur“) and La Piranha by the Italian press for his hard-tackling and aggressive, tenacious style of play.  Vidal is a complete midfielder, known for his marking, positional sense, tackling, and anticipation, attributes which allow him to be effective at intercepting passes, winning back possession, and subsequently starting an attack .  He is also gifted with good technique, pace, and stamina, as well as vision, good distribution, a powerful shot from distance, and an eye for goal. Having been the first-choice penalty shooter for Juventus,  he is also an accurate penalty kick taker.  Due to his strength and physical characteristics, he can also be effective in the air.  All these qualities have enabled him to become one of the leading exponents of his position.

At Juventus, Vidal became an integral part of the Bianconeri alongside teammates Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo in the club’s three-man midfield, and has made a name for himself as one of the best players in the world in his position; Vidal credited his development and maturity as a player to club legends Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon.  Vidal is also considered one of the most complete midfielders in the world due to his tackling abilities and his ability to support the team in both defence and attack at a high level. In 2013, Bloomberg ranked him the 11th-best player in Europe.

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