Due to his aggressive, high-energy style, Arturo Vidal is affectionately referred to by the Italian press as ‘Il Guerriero’, which translates as ‘The Warrior’.
The battle-hardened moniker is more than justified – only two midfielders bettered the Chile international’s 4.1 tackles-per-match in Serie A last season, as detailed below:
Likewise, Vidal made the most tackles-per-match of any player involved in last year’s Champions League tournament:
These kind of challenges have become the 27 year-old’s trademark:
He does have a habit of occasionally overstepping the mark however. Believe it or not, this horror tackle was during an international friendly: