The already-familiar face of Arturo Vidal is set to become more recognisable after the Copa America. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Matthias Hangst
The already-familiar face of Arturo Vidal is set to become more recognisable after the Copa America. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Matthias Hangst

Vidal: the steely warrior with the soft centre

A tattoo inferring he may actually be a superhero is accompanied by another, with his nickname. "Guerrero" – warrior – occupies much of Arturo Vidal's right upper-arm, with little of his body not showing some form of bold decoration.

He is equally brazen and warrior-like on the field of play, but those who know him best off the green rectangle speak of a caring and committed family man. Further examination of his array of tattoos suggest the real Vidal is indeed written all over him.

Above his nickname, he has an image of his mother Jacqueline Pardo tattooed to his arm. Vidal was still a young boy when his father left the family home, forcing his mother to raise him, together with his five siblings, all by herself - not an easy task for a single mother in the poor suburbs of Santiago de Chile.

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