Thursday December 5 2013
The value of Vidal

If anyone in Serie A deserves a wage rise it is Juventus’ Arturo Vidal says Dave Taylor, who explains why he has become one of Italy’s best paid players.

Arturo Vidal started his run from a few yards inside the halfway line, reached the box and then waved his hand to attract Paul Pogba’s attention on his left. A split second later he raced in on the blind side of two defenders, leapt above them, met his teammate’s cross and placed a perfect looping header into the top left-hand corner.

It was a fitting climax to the Chilean’s hat-trick against Copenhagen in the Champions League last month. After three draws and a defeat, only a win would suffice and the No 23 did exactly what he is paid to do in the 3-1 victory.

From this week on, however, he will be getting just that little bit extra to do it. With a contract extension until 2017 and a considerable wage rise, he becomes the second highest earner in Serie A, after Roma’s Daniele de Rossi on €5.5m a year. Vidal is getting his just rewards.

Since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen in July 2011, El Guerrero has been one of the main inspirations behind the winning of the two successive Scudetti. His skills, determination and ability to initiate a change of direction without a moment’s thought have also brought him serious admirers outside the Bianconeri family including Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

And who could blame them? With 32 goals in 100 games in all competitions, the midfielder has shown he is a vital part of Juve’s attacking strategy. So far this season, following 15 goals and 11 assists in all competitions last term, he has scored 10 in 19 games. His 28 shots with 11 on target is second only to top scorer Carlos Tevez and he also has the most League assists with four.

In addition to all that he seems to have added a bit of discipline to his game. This time last season he had earned five yellow cards and suffered a week’s suspension, but so far it’s been just three bookings this term. And to compliment the defensive side of his game his Coach Antonio Conte has mused: “Vidal will solve my problem of having so many great midfielders, I’ll just play him at the back!” Joking or not, Arturo demonstrates every week his do or die defensive attitude, which is ably reflected in his stats. With 56 tackles, easily the most amongst his teammates, he is fourth in the number of intercepts on 17 and with 31 also first in the number of fouls.

Simply put, he is the side’s standout player, a true warrior, who once he gets his teeth into something, does not easily give in and has subsequently become integral to Juve’s success. He also shares a wonderful rapport with the fans and is truly is one of them, even having the two title wins tattooed on his arms.

Although it’s uncertain that he will ever reach the all-time hero status enjoyed by the likes of Alessandro Del Piero, he is getting closer. There is one thing that is certain and that is that he thoroughly deserves his wage rise.

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Have your say...
on the 9th December, 2013 at 2:16pm
When I listen to comments which are pro-Marchisio, all I hear are excuses. Saying he hasn't played in his position is ridiculous. He has played in the midfield three in every appearance this season, bar the Madrid games. Under Conte, Vidal and Pogba have become stronger and stronger, Marchisio has become weaker and weaker. Vidal and Pogba score and create, Marchisio does neither. Vidal and Pogba are several classes above Marchisio and the difference in quality is Black and White. He has to go!
on the 7th December, 2013 at 9:08pm
Vidal is one of the most complete player I have ever seen. He can play everywhere and he will do just fine. He is a creator and a defender and...he scores. He is a boss in the field. No wonder the big teams want him.
on the 7th December, 2013 at 4:02am
Stunning player.

Well deserved pay rise given the money some wasters are on, particularly in England.

Juve just have to make sure they get Pogba on a long-term deal too, as the offers from the oil clubs will soon be arriving and they'll need to fleece them for every penny.
on the 6th December, 2013 at 10:37am
@ Gabriel

If you think Marchisio is a myth, think again. I have said it many many times: when he is deployed in his original position, he performs. The fact that you're saying he is invisible resembles your lack of knowledge because he's often asked to play out of his position and do what he was asked to play for. That means versatility, not invisibility.

If he returns to his role, he will be scoring as many as Vidal or even more just like their first season together.
on the 6th December, 2013 at 10:36am
Gabriel, remember when Juve finished 7th Conte was not the manager. I wouldnt blame Marchisio, it was all about tactical positioning. Most of the players were playing bad then. Example is Bonucci who looked terrible but now plays really well and can start alot of attacks. I like Marchisio, but this year he is not as strong as previous seasons. But he can play in various positions so very usefull,even in the 4-3-3 he played close to the strikers against Real and had several opportunities to score
on the 6th December, 2013 at 9:54am
Vidal has alot of drive, from box to box he works tirelessly, never giving up on a lost cause.
I have rarely seen him have a bad game.
Can defend, tackle, has great technical ability,can create a through ball and scores in most situations better than some strikers out there. And the stats show it.
He is also complemented by a great midfield.
World class by a long way.
on the 6th December, 2013 at 9:43am
Marchisio is never missed, because when he plays he resembles the invisible man. Vidal and Pogba are clearly infinitely better than him in every single department and he should be sold before Pogba. Remember he was in the midfield that finished 7th two seasons running and that is no coincidence. It was only when we bought Pirlo and Vidal, that we challenged and eventually won the Scudetto, and Pogba is already far superior. Marchisio is complete myth and is just not good enough.
on the 6th December, 2013 at 9:34am
Would everyone please name the best BOX TO BOX Midfielder in the world then?? or top 5 please??
on the 6th December, 2013 at 9:13am
Just might be one of the most overrated players in Serie A. If he's not at Juventus, he's not getting half the plaudits.
on the 6th December, 2013 at 1:12am
For people saying vidal is not world class is just utter nonsense. Though i will agree that De rossi is world class too. Vidal ever since he joined has been a true champion, scored against the big boys, has done everything required to be labelled as world class along with de rossi. I cant think of any two better players than those in their role, a defence nidfielder but also who canscore goals, vidal more than de rossi. He has been so good that marchisio is not even missed when injured.
on the 6th December, 2013 at 12:03am
You are dreaming if you think Pogba is in our future. At his age and what clubs in Spain and England can pay, we have zero chance of holding onto him but I am not concerned, all I see is the massive transfer fee we will get. After the way we played against Real Madrid this year it is clear that you don’t need $100m players in your team to be competitive.
on the 5th December, 2013 at 9:49pm
forza ultraman
on the 5th December, 2013 at 9:38pm
Then we just need a renewal of Pogba and buy a QUALITY winger. Lucas, Menez, Nani, Cuadrado, Candreva ...
on the 5th December, 2013 at 9:02pm
Juventus are in a position of fortune with their midfield.
Vidal and Pogba are world class with of course Pirlo.
For juventus to move forward and build a class team
These two should be kept at all costs and not sold off.
The team should be built around them and pirlo's contract extended .
Juventus are 3 or 4 players short of becoming a real threat in Europe,
aswell as continuing to rule Italy .
We shouldn't be making the opposition stronger and us weaker!!!
on the 5th December, 2013 at 8:42pm
1-Vidal is without doubt "world class" even if I hate him or Juve.

2-If not the best he's easily in the top 10 if not top 5 box-2-box midfielders in the world.

He can simply do everything effectively and when playing at his best, he's like 2 players on the pitch.
on the 5th December, 2013 at 7:28pm
Vidal has been showing that unique attitude of a champion, a winning attitude. De rossi was also very interesting to watch in his prime. I believe that Arturo Vidal has not reached his pinnacle yet and can be worldclass with time. I just hope Juventus will keep Pogba too.
on the 5th December, 2013 at 6:38pm

"Vidal is the worlds best in his role as a box-to-box midfielder"

You know very little about football if you think he is.

Great but not even close to the best in the world.
on the 5th December, 2013 at 6:13pm
Nice artcle. For sure Vidal deserve his wages increament. But yet to be world class midfielder like De rossi. Common guys! Say the truth please.
on the 5th December, 2013 at 5:03pm
Vidal is the worlds best in his role as a box-to-box midfielder. Simple. None of his technically abilities can even compete with him in terms of work rate. De Rossi isn't world class.
on the 5th December, 2013 at 4:20pm
What? No as De Rossi? He is five times better in any way than De Rossi, in defence, in attack, in every way. De Rossi? Come on... Marchisio and Pogba are better.
on the 5th December, 2013 at 2:33pm
wow finally an article about juve i mean it is an Italian football site and they are by far the best team in italy so what's with the blatant lack of articles about them ?!?!?!
on the 5th December, 2013 at 2:27pm
5.5m was just a speculation, not confirmed. He is really great, but not world class as De Rossi. But he certainly has the time to develop more and more, hopefully.
on the 5th December, 2013 at 1:42pm
Fantastic player!! Juve have done the correct thing now they must sort out Pogba and Pirlo... hate to say but now Pirlo is out there is nothing stopping them doing a deal as he has time on his hands recovering, therefore if its not done by xmas he is as good as gone IMO I have a little feeling he will go to Bayern.
on the 5th December, 2013 at 1:26pm
Just a little addition. Vidal truly posses the true fighting spirit of juventus and that reflects on the whole team.
on the 5th December, 2013 at 12:58pm
Arturo what can I say, IL GUERIEROOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
on the 5th December, 2013 at 12:32pm

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