When Arturo Vidal left Bayern Munich for Barcelona this summer, most fans of the German giants were devastated by the loss of their midfield warrior. He was a fan-favorite, and for obvious reasons — the man was a fighter in every sense of the word. Not a single moment passed on the pitch when Arturo Vidal wasn’t involved. He was always running, always winning duels, and regularly scored goals.
Sadly, while he’s no longer with us, we can console ourselves with the knowledge that Vidal can now play in El Clasico, and finally deliver the thumping to Real Madrid that they deserve. Let me make this clear: Arturo Vidal hates Real Madrid.
Back in 2017, an idiot referee by the name of Viktor Kassai sent Vidal off in the later minutes of the Real-Bayern game at the Bernabeu, just when the match was at a tipping point. Playing with ten men, the Bavarians managed to take it to extra time, but an offside goal scored by Cristiano Ronaldo soundly ended hopes of progression. Vidal of course, had something to say about that, in his own combative way.
I’m sure Madridistas will be thanking dear Arturo for clearing it up. Clearly, Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t offside at all. Unfortunately, Vidal could not get his revenge this season, because a late-season knee injury ruled him out for the semifinals. During the quarterfinals, however, Real Madrid got away with another robbery, this time against Juventus.
Vidal, who had been watching Bayern play Sevilla (inside the stadium) at the time, had switched over to his laptop to watch the conclusion of the Juve game because Bayern’s game had already ended. We don’t know what the referee saw to award to penalty to Real, but Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to take it, and it won them the tie. Here’s his reaction in its full glory:
Former Juventus player, Arturo Vidal, is not happy with Cristiano Ronaldo penalty... during Bayern-Sevilla pic.twitter.com/p0ViVTxGsD— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 11, 2018
The very next As you can see, Vidal hates Madrid, and he has every reason to. When asked about VAR in La Liga, the Chilean had this to say:
“With VAR, Bayern would have two more Champions League titles and Madrid two less.”
Source | Mundo Deportivo
This is the kind of motivation that wins you games. Now, I know that Arturo Vidal hasn’t had a great time at Barcelona so far. By common consenseus, he has played well but seen his minutes dry up under coach Ernesto Valverde. Vidal even went so far as to call the man “Judas” in one of his Instagram posts, something which has now been deleted. He has barely played since.
However, reports in Spain indicate that the pair are now close to a truce. Maybe this could indicate a possible start in the world’s biggest derby? Look, as a Bayern fan, there is nothing I want to see more than the Warrior show Sergio Ramos and Casemiro who’s boss. Maybe score a goal or two in the process. He’s a quality player, and these are the games he was meant for.
Come on Valverde, don’t screw this up.