|Year of achievement||Team||National||European|
|Italian Super Cup||2013|
|Italian Super Cup||2012|
Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo was born in Santiago on 22 May 1987. This particular date has a double significance for the Bianconeri, who clinched a record title win in 1977 and won the Champions League in 1996.
Vidal began his career with Colo Colo, one of the most prestigious teams in his home country. He rose through the ranks to make his professional debut at 19 years of age. The Chilean side won the Apertura Tournament twice and the Clausura competition between 2006 and 2007. Vidal’s performances on both national and international stages (a third-place finish at the 2007 Under 21 World Cup in Canada) attracted the attention of top European clubs.
Bayer Leverkusen were the first to step in, capturing the midfielder’s signature in summer 2007. His final season in the Bundesliga saw him notch 10 goals in 33 games, finishing in second place and qualifying for the Champions League.
Vidal has enjoyed a regular slot in an ever-improving Chilean national side. Despite the South Americans not qualifying for the World Cups in 2002 and 2006, they returned to the world’s greatest stage in 2010, passing through the group stages, only to be knocked out by Brazil. The midfielder featured in all four of his country’s games.
More recently, Chile competed in the 2011 American Cup tournament in Argentina, reaching the quarter-finals before being eliminated at the hands of Venezuela. Vidal made three appearances and scored the winning goal against Mexico in the opening game.
One of Vidal’s biggest strengths is his versatility. His best position, however, is as a central midfielder – giving him the freedom to help out in defensive situations but also the ability to break forward and put his goalscoring ability to good use.
With two Scudetto-Super Cup doubles under his belt, as well as last year’s Juventus top scorer accolade, Arturo will now be fully focused on achieving a third consecutive domestic title and helping the club build on last season’s quarter-final finish in the Champions League.