Summary

  • Estadio Municipal Arturo Vidal is opened in San Joaquin.
  • Vidal expresses his delight at being honoured by his hometown.

A beloved superstar in his home country, FC Bayern München midfielder Arturo Vidal's influence is as great off the pitch as it is on it and now the Chile international has had a stadium named after him in his home town of San Joaquin.

Vidal, who grew up in the town, close to the capital Santiago de Chile, took to Twitter to revel in the moment when the stadium was opened earlier this month: "The new Estadio Arturo Vidal is spectacular. Thanks for the recognition and the chance to further promote the sport in Chile".

'The Warrior', as he is affectionately known, is set to represent his country at the Copa America Centenario this summer as he looks to add to his 74 caps. Already with a proven philanthropic interest in providing support for his home nation, success at the tournament would only enhance his standing at both a local and national level.

'He's a nice guy'

"Everyone speaks about him in the streets," said former Rodelindo Roman Football Club president and family friend Ramon Henriquez in an interview with the British media. Henriquez saw Vidal take his first steps towards becoming a professional footballer at the age of six and believes the now-28-year-old is one of the biggest role models for youngsters in his native Chile.

"They identify with Vidal, he is a nice guy. We tell him all the time, he must be respectful with people. He has never forgotten us. When he comes to Chile, he comes back here."