Arturo Vidal Claims That ‘Street Footballer’ Background Gives Him Drive to Succeed

?Arturo Vidal claims that his difficult upbringing and his “street footballer” attitude drives him to succeed, and makes him a popular figure among supporters of the teams he represents.

The Chilean made his ?Barcelona debut on Sunday as a late substitute for Ousmane Dembele in La Blaugrana’s Spanish Super Cup win over Sevilla in Morocco.

It was a big stage for Vidal to make his Barca debut, but he is used to big occasions having spent the last seven years of his career at two of the biggest clubs in European football – ?Juventus and ?Bayern Munich.

He completed his move to Barcelona earlier this summer and believes that his desire and drive will help endear him to fans at the Nou Camp.


“I’m a player from the ‘barrio’, the streets, and it’s nice for people to see that,” Vidal said, as quoted by ?Marca.

“I’ve had to make many sacrifices and I want to show everyone where I’m from.

“Everything I’ve gained on the field, I feel proud about because I leave everything on the pitch, nothing has been easy for me.”

Vidal also opened up about his childhood, when difficult surroundings forced him to grow up quickly.

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“When I was young I lived in a dangerous neighbourhood, I had a very hard childhood,” he said.

“My mother took care of five brothers alone and she sacrificed a lot and, thanks to her, now I can give her a better life.

“The first time I tried [to sign for Colo Colo before I was 12 years old] we did not have enough money for the journeys or equipment, we needed the money at home.”

Vidal will hope to make his first start for Barcelona when they begin their ?La Liga title defence against Alaves on Saturday.

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Barcelona Director All But Rules Out Ambitious Move for Man Utd Star Paul Pogba

?Barcelona director Ariedo Braida has suggested that the Catalan giants are unlikely to move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in what remains of the summer transfer window, despite Camp Nou president Josip Maria Bartomeu fuelling speculation earlier this week.

Pogba has been heavily linked with Barcelona for several weeks after it was rumoured that agent Mino Raiola had offered his client to the Spanish champions.

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Bartomeu suggested there was ‘still time to do business’ when asked generally about transfers.

But RMC reported on Friday that Pogba has decided to stay at United, while the Daily Telegraph added two days later that Barça have ‘privately accepted’ that Pogba won’t be sold this summer.

Now, speaking on Spanish radio, Braida, one of Camp Nou’s many directors and top officials, has admitted that an approach for Pogba probably won’t happen, at least for now.

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“I don’t think we’re going to move for Pogba, but he’s a great player,” he said.

Barça were rumoured to have made one fairly laughable bid for Pogba prior to the English transfer deadline last week, consisting of £45m in cash plus Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, two players which ultimately ended up being flogged to ?Everton.

After facing Leicester in the opening game of the 2018/19 ?Premier League season last week, Pogba assured United fans that no matter what is happening off the pitch, he will always strive to give his best on it.

“I’ll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what’s going on,” the World Cup winning Frenchman tweeted.

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Lionel Messi Considering Argentina Future After Report Claims He Could Sit Out Remainder of 2018

?Lionel Messi is on the verge of walking away from international football once more, after reports claimed that he is unlikely to play for Argentina again in 2018.

The 31-year-old ?Barcelona star has played 128 times for his country since making his debut back in 2005, contributing 65 goals during that time. His fantastic individual statistics have been undermined by a lack of success at major tournaments though, with an Olympic Gold medal won in Beijing 10 years ago his sole success with the national side.

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Now, according to TNT Sports (via ?Mundo Deportivo), Messi will consider whether or not to don the famous blue and white striped shirt again following Argentina’s dismal World Cup showing in Russia this summer.

La Albiceleste were unconvincing in the group stages, only making it through to the knockout stages after a last gasp winner against Nigeria from ?Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo. They had previously come unstuck 3-0 against surprise package Croatia, and were once again exposed defensively in the Last 16, as eventual winners France ran out 4-3 winners.

Manager Jorge Sampaoli was dismissed from his position as a result, with a full-time replacement yet to be named. It’s claimed that Messi will keep an eye on who the Argentina FA pick to take over, with former ?West Ham defender Lionel Scaloni currently in caretaker charge.

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Messi has previously announced his ‘retirement’ from the national side, walking away from the international stage after Argentina were defeated by Chile on penalties in the 2016 Copa America final.

After a huge worldwide fan campaign called for Messi to change his mind, he eventually returned – though it appears his countries continued failings on the big stage may once and all have convinced him to hang up his international boots for good.

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Brazil Legend Ronaldo Confirms He’s ‘Back Home’ After 4-Day Stay in Hospital

Brazilian legend Ronaldo Nazario is back home, having been discharged from hospital after being admitted as a result of pneumonia.

The former ?Real Madrid galactico spent four days at medical facilities, firstly being taken to a hospital in Ibiza, Spain and then getting transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of a private establishment.

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Ronaldo has since taken to social media to thank fans who wished him well, as well as the medical personnel who looked after him during his unfortunate ordeal.

Hello, everyone! I’m home after a few days at the clinic,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “Thank you for your love and comments and many thanks to the team of doctors and nurses for your kindness and hospitality. 

“Thank you @celinalocks for being by my side in every hour. It’s going to be a very nice season and full of magnificent football and surprises.”

The former striker, now 41, helped Brazil win two World Cups. He also won the Ballon d’Or on two occasions and played for five clubs in Europe during a remarkable career that could have been even more illustrious had it not been for serious injuries.

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Arsenal & Barcelona Transfer Target Steven N’Zonzi Arrives In Rome Ahead of €30m Move

?Arsenal and ?Barcelona transfer target Steven N’Zonzi has arrived in Rome ahead of a30m move to AS Roma.

The French midfielder has been a long-term target for a host of top European sides after catching the eye during his spell with Sevilla and his stock rose further this summer after some impressive cameo performances for Les Bleus at the World Cup. 

Roma confirmed N’Zonzi arrived in Roma on Tuesday via their ?official Twitter page, where they shared a video of the 29-year-old appearing at Rome’s international airport afternoon, indicating that a deal is just around the corner.

?Goal are reporting that Roma will be paying 30m to secure the services of the former Stoke City man.

N’Zonzi arrived at Sevilla in 2015 and has since gone on to become a first team regular. He was a crucial part of the side that went on to win the Europa League in his debut season and made 136 appearances in all competitions during his three year spell.

He was left out of the Supercopa de España squad that suffered defeat at the hands of Barcelona earlier in the week which indicated that he was on his way out of the exit door this summer.

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After a promising 2017/18 season, Roma have since had a very busy transfer window which has seen them bring in a whole host of new signings to strengthen their current squad.

N’Zonzi will join the likes of Justin Kluivert, Javier Pastore, Patrik Schick, Davide Santon and Robin Olsen at the Stadio Olimpico  as Roma look to close the gap to Juventus at the top of Serie A.

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