Well renowned with the nicknames “The warrior,” “King Arturo,” and La Piranha, Arturo Vidal is one of the most aggressive and physically strong professional footballers globally.
He is also often called La Piranha due to his aggressive and dominant tackling skills. He is also famous for his distinctive hairstyle among football fans.
Chilean international professional footballer Vidal played for many great football clubs during his career, like Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, and Juventus in his football career until now. Currently, Arturo Vidal plays for the football team Flamengo.
Vidal is a versatile and skilled player who can play excellently at the midfield position. During his career, he has played as a central midfielder, a central defensive midfielder, and sometimes as a left midfielder and right midfielder.
Vidal has played for his national team for a long time, earning 137 Caps to date after his debut in 2007. He has won many major trophies (national and club level).
He is widely regarded as one of the finest and most skilled midfielders of the game due to his intelligence, shooting skills, and versatility during the game. This biography on football star Arturo Vidal covers some important moments from his early life to date.
Arturo Vidal: Biography
|Full Name||Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo|
|Nickname||King Arturo ad La Piranha|
|Date of Birth||22 May 1987|
|Birth Place||Santiago, Chile|
|Playing Position||Central Midfielder, Central defensive midfielder|
|Father’s Name||Erasmo Vidal|
|Mother’s Name||Jacqueline Pardo|
|Siblings||One brother Sandrino Vidal, and two sisters Ambar and Victoria Vidal|
|Height||5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m)|
|Weight||165 pounds (75 Kg)|
|Body measurement||Chest- 39 inches Waist- 31 inches Biceps 14 inches|
|Shoe Size||10 US|
|Eye color||Dark Brown Color|
|Hair color||Dark Brown Color|
|Body Type||Athletic body|
|Marital status||In Relationship|
|Children||Two sons Alonso and Emiliano Vidal, and a daughter Elisabetta Vidal|
|Net worth (Till Date)||$18 million|
|Salary||$7.5 million dollars|
|Social media Presence||Facebook, Twitter, Instagram|
|Source of Income||Football Club salary and additional bonuses, endorsement, sponsorship, and merchandise|
Arturo Vidal Early Life
The Copa America cup winner was born to father Erasmo Vidal and mother Jacqueline Pardo. Both his father and mother are from Chile.
His mother was a housekeeper while his father was a drug addict, so he did not have a comfortable life as a child.
He also has a brother named Sandrino Vidal and two sisters whose names are Ambar Vidal and Victoria Vidal. Vidal grew up playing football with his brother and friends.
The talented child was soon recruited by the local club Colo Colo’s, and in early 2007, he joined the German football club Bayer Leverkusen before finally moving to Juventus, where he achieved immense success.
Arturo Vidal played with the number 23 on his jersey during his days at Juventus and still wears the same number 23 at his current club Inter Milan.
Likewise, he used Vidal as his name in his club and his national team kit during his career. Starting as a defensive midfielder in his early career, he excelled at many midfield positions.
Arturo Vidal Age, Height, Weight
Chilean international Arturo Vidal was born on 22nd May 1987, making him 35 years old now. He follows Christianity as his religion, and his Zodiac (horoscope) sign is Gemini.
According to his parents, he always played football with the children in their neighborhood. Delighted by his talent, his father took him to the local clubs in Chile, he was soon recruited into the junior team of Colo Colo.
Since then, he has been playing at a high level, making him one of the best players in modern football.
Vidal has an athletic body and, he stands 5 feet 11 inches tall. He has many tattoos on his body parts like his chest, arms, and legs.
He has evenly matched weight for a professional footballer, as he weighs around 165 pounds (75 kilograms) at normal. Footballer Vidal has dark brown colored eyes and dark brown hair.
He is very professional and takes very care of his body, training, and diet. He has a chest span of 37 inches and a waist of 31 inches. Likewise, his athletic biceps measure 12 inches. Likewise, he uses a shoe size of 9 (US).
Arturo Vidal Hair Cut
Arturo Vidal is famous for his haircut and his aggressive play. his unique hairstyle is called the mohawk. In a mohawk cut, a person keeps his hair on vertical style only on the top side of his hair.
In an exclusive interview with L’Equipe, Arturo Vidal explained why he chose to keep his such mohawk-style haircut.
Arturo kept his hairstyle after the under-20 World Cup in 2007.
He said that
“I remember a German player (Christian Ziege) had it in the World Cup in 2002 and it’s super-aggressive and puts fear in the opponent. I wanted to do something like that and I create a personality for myself.”
So, basically, Arturo followed his ideal Ziege and inspired to him to keep such haircuts.
Arturo Vidal Salary and Net worth
Arturo Vidal’s net worth is $18 million as of 2022. He has played for different clubs like Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, and Juventus.
Therefore a major part of his earnings constitutes Football Club salary and additional bonuses, endorsement, and sponsorship deals. Vidal made 129 appearances for his national team after his debut in 2007.
He has also earned a significant salary playing for his national team. He was signed by German club Bayer Leverkusen when he was very young for around $12 million, where he earned a whopping signing bonus and salary. After his fine performances each season, he earned a move to Italia football giants Juventus in a 13.5 million dollar deal, where he achieved immense success.
At his former club Inter Milan, he earned around 7.5 million dollars annually in salary alone.
Flamengo is paying the salary of €3.6 million per to Arturo Vidal. He signed with a South American club on the 18-month deal
Who is Arturo Vidal’s Girlfriend?
As of 2022, Arturo Vidal is in a relationship with Sonia Isaza. Sonia Isaza is a Colombian-born bodybuilder as is famous for her bodybuilding and bikini model. Sonia achieved international acclaim before meeting Arturo. She is also a social media celebrity, a YouTuber, and a fitness model.
The couple has been dating since 2018, and Sonia made their romance public on her Instagram.
Arturo previously was in a relationship with Maria Teresa Matus. Arturo Vidal’s met with his ex-wife Maria Teresa Matus in 2008 when he was in his late 20s. Arturo Vidal was not that famous when he met Maria. However, he won the heart of the stunning beauty.
The pair spent ten wonderful years together. Their love life was hit by a misunderstanding and they fell apart in 2019.
Currently, Maria is a social media star and fans adore the content she shares on her profile.
As of 2022, Arturo Vidal and single and is not in any relationship
Arturo Vidal Children
Maria and Vidal are proud parents of three beautiful children. Together they have two sons and a daughter.
Their oldest son, Alonso Vidal, was born on May 7, 2013. Maria gave birth to their second child, a daughter, Elizabetta Vidal, on March 7, 2014. On May 26, 2017, the duo welcomed their youngest son, Emiliano Vidal.
Arturo Vidal Style of play And Playing Position
Vidal is nicknamed “La Piranha” for his aggressive defensive and tackling skills. He is an intelligent and versatile football with beautiful trophy collections throughout his career.
His unique style and versatility make him one of the best midfielders in football. He has an excellent heading, slide tackling, and intercepting skills.
Vidal is also very good on penalty kicks and one vs. one against the goalkeepers.
He has several trophies like the German league Bundesliga and Italian league Serie A in his career playing for different football clubs. He has good passing, tackling, and shooting abilities, making him a perfect combination of defense and attack.
Arturo Vidal Instagram
Arturo Vidal is also quite active on social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Instagram: 19.3 million followers
Twitter: 4.7 million followers
Arturo Vidal Early career
- Arturo Vidal was initially interested in gambling, but he was motivated by a fellow footballer of his country and his uncle to pursue a career in football.
- Footballer Vidal was recruited in the ranks of the local club Cola-Cola, where he spent a few years playing football on the junior squad.
- Vidal made his senior debut with the club while playing against the rival club Universidad De Chile where he won back-to-back the championship.
Arturo Vidal Professional Career (Playing from 2005-present)
- His brilliant performance with his national team in the under-20 FIFA world cup saw him seal a move to German club Bayer Leverkusen in 2007, where he spent four seasons.
- Juventus signed him for 13.5 million dollars and he played in the champions’ League final and won the league title.
- He was again signed by German football giants FC Bayern Munich for a reported 40 million dollar deal, where he went on to spend three seasons with the club.
- Vidal played for FC Barcelona team for two seasons, where he won the league title before finally returning to Italy with Inter Milan in 2020.
- He won the league title after he arrived in Inter Milan squad for the 2020-21 season.
- Chilean international Vidal has also won two Copa America titles with Chile’s national team.
- Currently, Arturo Vidal plays for the football team Flamengo.
Arturo Vidal Trophies and Titles
- Italian league title Seria A with Juventus for four times
- Coppa Italia winner with Juventus in 2015
- Supercoppa Italiana winner with Juventus in the year 2013 and 2013
- German league title Bundesliga winner with Bayern Munich for three times
- DFL Supercup winner with Bayern Munich in 2016 and 2017
- DFB pokal winner with Bayern Munich in the year 2016
- Spanish league title La Liga winner with FC Barcelona for the 2018-19 season
- Supercopa de Espana winner with FC Barcelona in 2018
- Italian league title Seria A with Inter Milan for one time
- Copa America trophy winner with national team Chile in 2015 and 2016