Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo (Spanish pronunciation: [arˈtuɾo βiˈðal]; born 22 May 1987) is a Chilean footballer who plays as a midfielder for German club Bayern Munich and the Chile national team.
Vidal’s professional debut came in the first leg of the 2006 Apertura Tournament 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 (2006 Clausura Tournament) 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.
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’s Director of Football Rudi Völler to make the trip all the way to Chile in order to convince the twenty-year-old to sign. The two clubs then agreed on a fee of $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.
After a good 2010–11 season, Vidal was linked with various clubs, including Bayer’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich. On 22 July 2011, he joined Serie A club Juventus for €10.5 million on a five-year contract. He made his competitive debut in the opening league game of the season against Parma, 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. It was initially speculated that he would compete with Claudio Marchisio for a spot alongside Andrea Pirlo, but Conte instead played all three effectively in a three-man midfield in his 3–5–2 formation. Vidal was an integral part of the 2011–12 Scudetto-winning side that went undefeated the entire season. He contributed seven league goals and three assists, including crucial goals against Napoli and a double against Roma.
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. Vidal made his debut for Bayern four days later in the 2015 DFL-Supercup against VfL Wolfsburg, as a 74th-minute substitute for Thiago. The match finished in a 1–1 draw; Bayern lost in a shootout where Vidal scored. Vidal scored his first goal from the penalty spot in the fifth minute of Bayern’s first round DFB-Pokal match. On 26 November, Vidal was nominated for the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year.
A versatile player who played several different defensive and midfield roles in his early years, Vidal eventually found his position at Juventus as a box-to-box midfielder, capable of assisting his teammates in both defense and attack.
Vidal has earned over 80 caps for the Chilean national team since his debut in 2007, playing in the 2011, 2015 and 2016 Copa América tournaments, and the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, helping them to victory at the 2015 and 2016 Copa América.