Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal
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Personal information
Full name Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo[1]
Date of birth (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 22
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Colo-Colo 36 (2)
2007–2011 Bayer Leverkusen 117 (15)
2011–2015 Juventus 124 (35)
2015–2018 Bayern Munich 79 (14)
2018– Barcelona 55 (9)
National team
2006–2007 Chile U20 14 (8)
2007– Chile 115 (28)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 March 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2019

Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo (Spanish pronunciation: [aɾˈtuɾo eˈɾazmo βiˈðal ˈpaɾðo];[a] born 22 May 1987) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Barcelona and the Chile national team. His displays during his time at Juventus led him to be nicknamed Il Guerriero ("The Warrior"), Rey Arturo ("King Arthur") and La Piranha by the Italian press due to his hard-tackling and aggressive, tenacious style of play.[3][4] In Chile, he is also known as Kinnikuman, due to his looking similarity to the anime character in the same anime series.[5]

Vidal started his career with Colo-Colo, where he won three Chilean Primera División titles. He moved to Europe, where he joined Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen and played there for four seasons. He then moved to Juventus in 2011, where he became widely recognized as one of the best midfielders in world football.[6][7][8][9] At Juventus, he won the Scudetti in all four of his seasons and also was integral for them in reaching the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final. Vidal was named to the ten-man shortlist for the 2015 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award following his performances.[10] On 28 July 2015, Vidal returned to the Bundesliga, joining Bayern Munich and won three consecutive Bundesliga titles. After three years at Munich, he signed for La Liga giants Barcelona.

Vidal has earned 115 caps for the Chile national team since his debut in 2007, playing in the 2011, 2015 and 2019 Copa América tournaments, as well as the Copa América Centenario, the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, helping his nation to Copa América victory in 2015 and 2016.

Early life

Vidal was born in San Joaquín, a working class commune in the Chilean capital Santiago. His talent was noticed by his uncle, and he later joined the youth squads of local Primera División club Colo-Colo.[3][11]

Club career


Vidal's professional debut came in the first leg of the 2006 Torneo Apertura final against arch-rivals Universidad de Chile. Vidal came on as a late substitute for Gonzalo Fierro. Colo-Colo would go on to win the game 2–1 and win the championship as well. In the following season (Torneo Clausura) he became a more important part of the squad and would lead Colo-Colo to their second championship win in a row. Vidal scored three goals in Colo-Colo's Copa Sudamericana 2006 campaign. His good showing caught the eye of scouts from various European clubs.

Bayer Leverkusen

The 2007 Apertura Tournament was Vidal's last with Colo-Colo as he left for Bayer Leverkusen in the summer. Bayer had tracked his progress for some time and his good showing at the U-20 World Cup that year convinced Bayer Leverkusen director of football Rudi Völler to make the trip to Chile to convince the 20-year-old to sign.[12] The two clubs then agreed on a fee of US$11 million with Bayer Leverkusen, paying $7.7 million for 70% ownership of his contract. His transfer broke the previous national record of Matías Fernández's $9 million transfer to Villarreal.[13]

Vidal missed the first game of the season through injury but was soon thrust into the starting line-up and made his debut on 19 August 2007 in the away loss against Hamburger SV. He started in half the season's games and scored his first goal for the club just three games into his Bayer career. He was ever present for the 2008–09 season and played a vital role in Bayer's run to the DFB-Pokal final. On 8 March, he suffered a concussion during the game against VfL Bochum and was out for a month. Upon his return, he scored a goal to break the deadlock in the 4–1 semifinal win over Mainz 05 in the DFB-Pokal, but Bayer eventually lost to Werder Bremen in the final.

The 2010–11 season would be Vidal's last with Bayer. He helped the club to a runner-up finish in the Bundesliga and topped the assist charts for his club with 11 assists, which was joint second in the league.[14] He also contributed two goals in the club's run to the round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League.


After a good 2010–11 season, Vidal was linked with various clubs, including Bayer's Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.[15] On 22 July 2011, however, Vidal joined Serie A club Juventus for 10.5 million on a five-year contract.[16] He made his competitive debut in the opening league game of the season against Parma on 11 September 2011, coming on as a second-half substitute for Alessandro Del Piero; he marked his first appearance with a goal six minutes after his introduction in Juventus' 4–1 win at the club's new stadium.[17] It was initially speculated that he would compete with Claudio Marchisio for a spot alongside Andrea Pirlo, but Juventus manager Antonio Conte instead played all three effectively in a three-man midfield in his 3–5–2 formation.[18] Vidal was an integral part of the 2011–12 Scudetto-winning side that went undefeated the entire season.[19] He contributed seven league goals and three assists, including crucial goals against Napoli and a double against Roma.

Vidal playing for Juventus in December 2012

Vidal began his second season with the club by scoring from a penalty in the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana on 11 August 2012, as Juventus defeated Napoli 4–2 in extra-time at the Beijing National Stadium.[20] On 19 September 2012, Vidal scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in the group stage match away against the defending champions Chelsea. It was a crucial equaliser as Juve finished the game 2–2 after going two goals down in the first half.[4] After helping the club to a second consecutive Serie A title, scoring 10 league goals in the process, and 15 in all competitions, he was voted Player of the Year by registered users on the club website[21]

On 27 November 2013, Vidal scored a hat-trick against Copenhagen in the group stage of the Champions League, two penalties and a header. It was his first career hat-trick,[22] and made him the first Juventus player to score three goals in a match in the Champions League since former Juventus player Filippo Inzaghi against Hamburger SV in 2000.[23] He later renewed his contract with Juventus, keeping him at the club until 2017.[24] On 27 February 2014, Vidal scored his first goal in the Europa League with Juventus, opening the scoring in a 2–0 win over Trabzonspor, in the second leg of the round of 16, and helping Juventus to the semi-finals of the competition.[25] Vidal's offensive contribution increased that season, as he managed 11 goals in Serie A and 7 in European competitions, and he was one of the protagonists of Juventus' season as they won their third consecutive league title.[26] His season finished prematurely, however, as he sustained a knee injury.[27]

In his fourth season with Juventus, under manager Massimiliano Allegri, Vidal began to play a more advanced role; in addition to his midfield box-to-box role in a 3–5–2 or 4–3–3 formation, Vidal was deployed as an attacking midfielder, supporting the strikers in Allegri's 4–3–1–2 formation, and occasionally as a wide midfielder in a 4–4–2 formation.[28] Vidal scored his first goals of the season by managing a brace in a 3–0 win over Cesena on 24 September 2014.[29] On 30 November, in the Derby della Mole against local rivals Torino, Vidal opened the scoring from a penalty, and later assisted Juventus' second goal in a 2–1 win.[30] On 14 April 2015, in the first leg of the quarter-finals in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, Vidal converted a penalty as Juventus defeated Monaco 1–0 at Juventus Stadium.[31]

On 2 May 2015, Vidal scored the only goal of a 1–0 win at Sampdoria, confirming La Vecchia Signora as Serie A champions for the fourth consecutive season.[32] On 20 May, he appeared in Juventus' 2–1 win over Lazio in the 2015 Coppa Italia final, as Juventus captured a domestic double and their tenth Coppa Italia title.[33] On 6 June 2015, Vidal started for Juventus in the 2015 Champions League final as La Vecchia Signora was defeated 3–1 by Barcelona at Berlin's Olympiastadion.[34]

On 15 July 2015, Vidal was named to the ten-man shortlist for the 2015 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award;[10] on 12 August, it was announced that he placed eighth in the 2015 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.[35]

Bayern Munich

Vidal training with Bayern Munich in 2017

On 28 July 2015, Vidal returned to the Bundesliga, joining Bayern Munich on a four-year deal for a fee of €37 million plus up to €3 million in bonuses.[36] Vidal made his debut for Bayern four days later in the 2015 DFL-Supercup against VfL Wolfsburg, as a 74th-minute substitute for Thiago.[37] The match finished in a 1–1 draw; Bayern lost in a shootout where Vidal scored.[38] Vidal scored his first goal from the penalty spot against FC Nöttingen in the fifth minute of Bayern's first round DFB-Pokal match.[39] On 19 September, he scored his first league goal for Bayern in a 3–0 away victory over SV Darmstadt 98.[40] On 26 November, Vidal was nominated for the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year.[41] He scored two goals in both first leg and second leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie against S.L. Benfica which helped his side to go through to the semi-final.[42][43]

On 15 August 2016, Vidal scored the first goal of the 2016 DFL-Supercup match in a 2–0 victory over their fierce rival Borussia Dortmund.[44] He scored his first ever headed goal for Bayern in a 2–0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach on 22 October.[45] On 8 March 2017, he scored two goals in a 5–1 away victory over Arsenal in the Champions League round of sixteen second leg match.[46] On 12 April, he scored a header and also missed a penalty as his side suffered a 2–1 home defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg.[47] In the second leg, he was sent off for receiving a second yellow card after a controversial tackle on Marco Asensio and his side were again defeated and knocked out of the competition by Real Madrid with a 4–2 loss.[48] In the last game of the season, Vidal scored a goal in a 4–1 home victory over SC Freiburg and his side sealed a 25th win of the season and ensured they went a whole league campaign without a defeat at the Allianz Arena for the first time since 2008.[49]

On 20 September, he scored his first goal of the season in a 3–0 away victory over FC Schalke 04.[50] Vidal scored the only goal of the match in a 1–0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt and it was his fourth goal in his last four appearances in the league.[51] On 26 October, he made his 100th appearance for the club in a 5–4 victory on penalties against RB Leipzig in the DFB-Pokal second round match.[52] Vidal suffered a season ending knee injury during training on 14 April 2018. He underwent arthroscopic surgery and is expected back for the 2018–19 Bundesliga preseason.[53]


On 3 August 2018, Barcelona announced an agreement with Bayern Munich for Vidal's transfer.[54][55] He was officially presented as a Barça player and signed a three-year contract with the club on 6 August 2018.[56] The paper Diario AS announced that the deal was reportedly worth 19 million euros, plus variables, [57] and the paper Sport announced that the deal was reportedly worth 18 million euros, plus 3 million euros in variables.[58] Even so, there isn't an FC Barcelona statement about the transfer fee and the club's vice-president, Jordi Mestre, announced that the fee will not be disclosed at the request of Bayern Munich.[58]

On 12 August 2018, Vidal made his debut for the club after coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 victory over Sevilla FC as his side won the 2018 Spanish Super Cup.[59] On 28 October, Vidal came on as a substitute in the 84th minute of El Clásico. 3 minutes later, Vidal scored his first ever goal for Barcelona to cap off a 5–1 home win over rivals Real Madrid in La Liga.[60][61][62]

International career

Vidal challenging Brazil's Hulk for the ball at the 2014 FIFA World Cup


Vidal represented Chile at the Under-20 level at the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay where he was the tournament's second top scorer with six goals. During the tournament he played central midfield and helped the team to qualify for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup where Chile finished in third place with Vidal scoring two goals in the tournament, including the match winner against Portugal in the round of 16.[63][64]


Vidal made his senior debut in a friendly against Venezuela, where Chile won 1–0. He became a regular under Marcelo Bielsa when fit during 2010 World Cup qualifying, playing in 11 matches and scoring a goal.[65] He was then named in the final 23-man squad for the tournament and started in all four of Chile's matches as they were defeated by Brazil in the round of 16. Vidal went on the appear in all of the team's matches at the 2011 Copa América, scoring in the 2–1 group stage defeat of Mexico.[66]

Vidal scored 5 times in 11 appearances for Chile as the team qualified for the 2014 World Cup.[67] At the tournament, he started in three of the La Roja's four fixtures, including the penalty shootout loss to Brazil in the round of 16.[68]

On 11 June 2015, five days after appearing the 2015 Champions League final for Juventus, Vidal scored the opening goal of the 2015 Copa América from the penalty spot in Chile's 2–0 win over Ecuador at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, having won the penalty himself when fouled by Miller Bolaños.[69] In the team's next group fixture, Vidal scored twice – a header from a corner and another self-earned penalty – and set up another as the hosts drew 3–3 with Mexico on 15 June.[70] In the final group game, a 5–0 win against Bolivia three days after his drunk driving charge, Vidal and Alexis Sánchez were rested by being substituted at half-time.[71] On 4 July, in the 2015 Copa América final, Vidal scored from a penalty in Chile's 4–1 shoot-out victory over Argentina;[72] in the final, he was voted Man of the Match,[73] and was later named to the 2015 Copa América Team of the Tournament for his performances.[74]

On 10 June 2016, Vidal produced a man of the match performance, scoring both goals in a 2–1 win over Bolivia in Chile's second group match of the Copa América Centenario.[75] He provided two assists in Chile's 7–0 victory over Mexico in the quarter-final on 18 June, but also received his second booking of the tournament for a foul on Jesús Dueñas in the 38th minute, which ruled him out of the victorious semi-final match against Colombia.[76] In the final of the tournament, a repeat of the previous year's tournament, against Argentina, the match once again went to a penalty shoot-out following a 0–0 deadlock after extra-time. Vidal missed Chile's first penalty, but his nation won the shoot-out 4–2 to defend the title.[77] Vidal was once again named to the Team of the Tournament for his performances.[78]

On 18 June 2017, Vidal produced a man of the match performance[79] in Chile's opening match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, scoring his nation's first goal in an eventual 2–0 win over Cameroon.[80] He and his team made it through to the final, but were prevented from crowning champions by Germany for losing 1–0.[81]

On 31 August 2017, Arturo Vidal announced that he could retire from the national team after he scored an own goal that resulted a 0–3 loss to Paraguay.[82]

On 11 October, he announced his retirement from international football via of Twitter after losing 3–0 to Brazil in their last qualifier match and failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but just after 24 hours he reversed his decision saying that he is a "warrior" who would "never abandon" Chile.[83][84]

In a friendly against Denmark on 27 March 2018, Vidal and Jean Beausejour became the sixth and seventh players to make 100 appearances for Chile.[85]

In the quarter-finals of the 2019 Copa América against Colombia on 28 June, Vidal had a goal disallowed in regulation time by VAR for offside; following a 0–0 draw, he scored in the resulting penalty shoot-out to help Chile to a 5–4 victory and advanced to the semi-finals of the competition.[86] In the third-place match against Argentina on 6 July, Vidal scored from a penalty once again in an eventual 2–1 defeat.[87]

Style of play

Vidal tackling Brazil's Kaká, in the 2010 FIFA World Cup

A tactically versatile and hard-working player, Vidal is capable of playing anywhere in midfield,[88] and in several different formations.[28] He initially played in several different defensive and midfield roles in his early years,[89][90][91] before eventually coming into his own in the centre, with Juventus, as either a "mezzala" or box-to-box midfielder, roles in which he is capable of assisting his teammates in both defence and attack.[92][93] 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.[28][89][90][91][94] He is also capable of playing as a full-back or wing-back on either side of the pitch,[95][96] while with the Chile national team, he has even played in a more advanced role on occasion, positioned as a centre-forward or striker, but effectively functioning as a false-9.[88][96][97] He has also been used as a second striker,[98] and as a false attacking midfielder on occasion.[99]

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.[3][4] 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.[89][100] He is also gifted with good technique, pace, and stamina, as well as good vision, good distribution, a powerful shot from distance, and an eye for goal.[89][91][94] Having been the first-choice penalty shooter for Juventus,[101] he is also an accurate penalty kick taker.[102] Due to his strength and physical characteristics, as well as his ability to make late attack runs from behind into the penalty area, he is also effective in the air.[89][103] All these qualities have enabled him to become one of the leading exponents of his position.[100][104]

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;[6][7][8][9] Vidal credited his development and maturity as a player to club legends Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon.[105] 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.[106] In 2013, Bloomberg ranked him the 11th-best player in Europe.[107]


On 5 July 2013, EA Sports announced that they had featured Vidal on the Central and South American cover of FIFA 14, alongside global cover star Lionel Messi.[108][109] The cover, however, would not be featured in the Brazilian version of the game.[110]

Personal life

On 16 June 2015, during the 2015 Copa América, Vidal suffered minor injuries when he crashed his Ferrari while under the influence of alcohol in Santiago. He left the hospital in a police car and was summoned to court to face charges for drunk driving.[111] On 8 July 2015, Vidal was given a two-year driving ban, however he was allowed to continue playing in the Copa América that year.[112]

Career statistics


As of 18 March 2020
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colo-Colo 2005 Primera División 2 0 2 0 [113][114]
2006 Primera División 19 0 12 3 31 3 [115][116]
2007 Primera División 15 2 8 0 23 2 [115][117]
Total 36 2 20 3 56 5
Bayer Leverkusen 2007–08 Bundesliga 24 1 0 0 9 0 33 1 [118]
2008–09 Bundesliga 29 3 6 3 35 6 [119]
2009–10 Bundesliga 31 1 1 0 32 1 [120]
2010–11 Bundesliga 33 10 2 1 9 2 44 13 [121]
Total 117 15 9 4 18 2 144 21
Juventus 2011–12 Serie A 33 7 2 0 35 7 [115]
2012–13 Serie A 31 10 4 1 9 3 1 1 45 15 [115]
2013–14 Serie A 32 11 1 0 12 7 1 0 46 18 [115]
2014–15 Serie A 28 7 4 0 12[b] 1 1 0 45 8 [115]
Total 124 35 11 1 33 11 3 1 171 48
Bayern Munich 2015–16 Bundesliga 30 4 6 1 10[b] 2 1 0 47 7 [38][122]
2016–17 Bundesliga 27 4 5 1 8[b] 3 1 1 41 9 [123][124]
2017–18 Bundesliga 22 6 5 0 7[b] 0 1 0 35 6 [125][126]
Total 79 14 16 2 25 5 3 1 123 22
Barcelona 2018–19 La Liga 33 3 8 0 11[b] 0 1 0 53 3 [115]
2019–20 La Liga 22 6 2 0 7[b] 0 1 0 32 6 [115]
Total 55 9 10 0 18 0 2 0 85 9
Career total 411 75 46 7 113 21 8 2 579 105
  1. ^ In isolation, Vidal is pronounced [biˈðal].
  2. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in UEFA Champions League


As of match played 15 October 2019[127]
Year Apps Goals
2007 8 0
2008 6 0
2009 7 1
2010 7 1
2011 11 1
2012 5 1
2013 8 4
2014 10 1
2015 11 4
2016 13 7
2017 12 3
2018 7 3
2019 10 2
Total 115 28

International goals

Scores and results list Chile's goal tally first.[128]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 September 2009 Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago, Chile  Venezuela 1–0 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 17 November 2010  Uruguay 2–0 2–0 Friendly
3. 4 July 2011 Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan, Argentina  Mexico 2–1 2–1 2011 Copa América
4. 2 June 2012 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Bolivia 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 7 June 2013 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Paraguay 2–0 2–1
6. 11 June 2013 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Bolivia 3–1 3–1
7. 6 September 2013  Venezuela 3–0 3–0
8. 11 October 2013 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Colombia 1–0 3–3
9. 14 October 2014 Estadio Municipal Francisco Sanchez Rumoroso, Coquimbo, Chile  Bolivia 2–2 2–2


10. 11 June 2015 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Ecuador 1–0 2–0 2015 Copa América
11. 15 June 2015  Mexico 1–1 3–3
12. 3–2
13. 12 November 2015  Colombia 1–0 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 29 March 2016 Estadio Agustín Tovar, Barinas, Venezuela  Venezuela 3–1 4–1
15. 4–1
16. 10 June 2016 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States  Bolivia 1–0 2–1 Copa América Centenario
17. 2–1
18. 1 September 2016 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Paraguay 1–2 1–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
19. 11 October 2016 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Peru 1–0 2–1
20. 2–1
21. 2 June 2017  Burkina Faso 1–0 3–0 Friendly
22. 2–0
23. 18 June 2017 Otkritie Arena, Moscow, Russia  Cameroon 1–0 2–0 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
24. 24 March 2018 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden  Sweden 1–0 2–1 Friendly
25. 20 November 2018 Estadio Germán Becker, Temuco, Chile  Honduras 1–0 4–1
26. 2–0
27. 6 July 2019 Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brazil  Argentina 1–2 1–2 2019 Copa América
28. 15 October 2019 Estadio José Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  Guinea 3–1 3–2 Friendly



Colo-Colo [129]
Juventus [129]
Bayern Munich [129]
Barcelona [129]


Chile [129]


See also