Bayern Munich's Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal has completed a transfer to FC Barcelona on Friday after months of speculations on his future in Munich. Vidal had reportedly agreed to join Inter Milan, but, in the end, the former Serie A player is headed for Catalonia.
Vidal joined Bayern from Juventus in 2015 for a transfer fee of 37 million Euros, inking a four-year deal with the Germans. Just like it is with the fans, his teammates are evidently sad to see him go and have posted heartfelt farewell messages on various social media platforms.
Franck Ribery wrote one of the most profound farewell message for his teammate. He posted it with several pictures of him and Vidal on Instagram and Twitter:
My brother, I can't even begin to tell you how much I'll miss you. In my eyes, you are the best - on and besides the field, a man with an insane amount of value and principles. I'm so proud to have played next to you brother and I wish you nothing but the best for your future. You are a true warrior and that is very rare in our job.
Hermano no sabes a que punto te voy a echar de menos! En el campo, pero más aún afuera. Para mi eres el mejor, un hombre de valores y principios. Estoy muy orgulloso de haber jugado a tu lado! Solamente te deseo lo mejor para tu futuro, eres un guerrero y eso se encuentra poco en nuestra profesión. @kingarturo23oficial My brother, I can‘t even begin to tell you how much I‘ll miss you. In my eyes you are the best - on and besides the field, a man with an insane amount of value and principles. I‘m so proud to have played next to you my brother and I wish you nothing but the best for your future. You are a true warrior and that is very rare in our job.
Robert Lewandowski simply wrote l, on his Instagram post how pleased he is to have gotten the chance to play next to Vidal:
Jerome Boateng, one of Vidal's good friends, called Vidal one of the guys that a person wants to have on his team but never against him:
One of the guys you want to have in your team but never against you. You're a real character, a leader, a warrior - I will miss you Arturo and wish you only the best ❤ @kingarturo23 pic.twitter.com/cayy4stzzJ— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) August 3, 2018
Rafinha also wrote at length in tribute to his friend. You can tell from his Instagram gallery that he and Vidal had some great times together:
Boss, it was a pleasure to play with you these 3 years. We have spent some marvelous moments with various conquests. I wish you all the luck in the world, and that you deserve teh best. I love you a lot GATO [“cat”?!]), you’re a warrior!!!!!
Calling Vidal “gato” looks like an inside joke — there’s not much that’s cat-like about King Arturo. In Spanish slang, “gato” can refer to someone from Madrid... It seems rather unlikely that Vidal would privately be a Madridista, especially after his recent history playing against them, or even watching from the stands. Now he’ll get to vie against them in La Liga itself.
Patrón, fue un placer jugar contigo estos 3 años. Pasamos momentos maravillosos, con varias conquistas. Te deseo toda la suerte del mundo, y que te mereces todo lo mejor. Te quiero mucho GATO, eres un Guerrero!!!!! @kingarturo23oficial ⚽️ ⚽️ Patron, it was a pleasure to play with you these 3 years. Wish you all the best and I love u Gato...!!!
Bayern's French international Kingsley Coman wished success for Vidal via Instagram and wrote that he is glad to have played next to him for four years:
Vidal's Spanish companion Javi Martinez posted a farewell text for him in Español with pictures of both of them celebrating with Rafinha on Instagram:
Last but not least, here's Berni's Instagram post wishing Guerriero success for the future:
And on behalf of BFW and our readers, We’re going to miss you, too, Vidal!