Arturo Vidal has today been crowned French website Calciomio.fr’s player of the year after a truly stellar 2013.
Created by editor-in-chief Valentin Pauluzzi in 2012 as a prize to link the nations of France and Italy, the award takes into consideration the performances of Serie A players or Italians plying their trade abroad throughout the course of the calendar year for both club and country.
In picking up the award, the Chilean follows in the footsteps of fellow Bianconeri midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who pipped Edison Cavani and Juventus captain Gigi Buffon to the post last year.
What’s more, second and third this time around are Juve midfield duo Paul Pogba and Pirlo.
Thirty French and Italian sports news portals contributed towards the final decision, among them L’Equipe, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sportmediaset, France Football, Tuttosport, RMC, Canal+ and Sky Sport, and handing out the awards in Vinovo were Calciomio.fr editor Pauluzzi and web representative Fabrice Valtancoli.
The French site’s reasoning behind their decision is as follows: “There are no more adjectives left to describe his performances for Juventus (18 goals in 46 games during 2013), and for the Chilean national side who he helped qualify for the World Cup. In 2013, Vidal won the Scudetto and the Italian Super Cup.
“He is an exemplary player who always has a smile on his lips, and whose performances bring out the best in his team-mates. Off the field, he’s easy going and humble. Re Arturo is, put simply, a symbol of Conte’s Juventus.”