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Vidal Claims His ‘Soul is Destroyed’ in Emotional Retirement From National Team

Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has announced his retirement from the Chilean national team following their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

The 30-year-old was flirting with the prospect of retiring earlier this year when a 3-0 defeat to Paraguay, in which Vidal scored an own goal, left his beloved nation stunned.

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“Many thanks to all for everything!!” Vidal wrote. “Throughout all these years I gave my life in every match [and] learned [a lot] and taught a country that with a little bit of strength and hard work everything is possible!!!

“My soul is destroyed but at the same time proud of these players and technical staff!!!”

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