Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has announced his retirement from worldwide football after Chile failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Due to suspension, the 30-year-old midfielder was absent for his country's final shot at qualification last night. In the final round of the Chileans on the road with the score 0:3 lost to Brazil and fell to a final sixth place in the standings, which did not allow them to get at least in the play-offs.
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But Vidal, who has 99 caps, has now completed a U-turn and vowed not to turn his back on his country.
"This is a very hard time, and here we will see who's strongest". I'm proud of belonging to this group and I'll never abandon it.
Alongside photos of Chile's Copa America victories in 2015 and 2016, Vidal wrote on Instagram: 'Many thanks guys for everything!'
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The National team finished sixth in the South American q qualifiers missing out on a place in Russian Federation.
'A warrior can cry, feel fear and even disappointment, but he never surrenders or leaves before death, ' he said.
Chile, who were beaten by Brazil in the round of 16 at both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, were soundly beaten again in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.
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