Saturday 26 September 2020
Spanish press reports stated that the Chilean player Arturo Vidal almost moved to Barcelona in 2011, but a strange request was the reason for his failure to transfer to the Catalan team.
According to the Catalan newspaper “Mundo Deportivo”, Barcelona wanted to include Vidal, who was playing at the time at Bayer Leverkusen.
The newspaper pointed out that the Chilean player’s agent required the Catalan club that Vidal pay the penalty kicks instead of the Argentine star Lionel Messi, the team’s player.
Vidal’s agent said to the sporting director at Barcelona at the time that Vidal had the accuracy of taking penalty kicks up to 100%, while Messi’s penalty kick was up to 75% in the 2010-2011 season, so the Chilean player has the right to take penalty kicks with the team.
The Catalan club refused the request of Vidal’s agent regarding the player’s penalty kicks in place of Messi, and the Chilean player ended up moving to the Italian club Juventus.
It is worth noting that Vidal moved to Barcelona in 2018 from Bayern Munich, before leaving the team this summer to join the Italian club Inter Milan.