Alexis Sanchez has achieved a huge amount in his career, and is beloved by both fans of Arsenal and Chile. His international teammate Arturo Vidal seems a little insecure about the level of recognition he gets compared to Alexis, and a report from La Tercera (via IBT) claims the jealousy between the pair has caused a rift.
Vidal’s insecurities really came to the forefront following our 5-1 loss against Bayern Munich, with the 28-year-old highlighting the lack of fuss made over his achievements, writing, “Hahahaha What little people speak about football in Chile when King Arturo wins !!”
Jajajaja Que poco se habla de fútbol en Chile cuando gana el King Arturo!!! pic.twitter.com/YSZZF8VzHj
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— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) November 5, 2015
La Tercera claim that Alexis’ next Instagram offering was in response to Vidal, in which he wrote, “In life you win and you lose etc…. but life still goes on and you do your best… But the positive person is the one who falls, gets up, shakes it off, patches themselves up and smiles at life and says ‘Here I go again’.”
Vidal has obviously experienced plenty of success over the years, with extremely fruitful spells at Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus – where he won a number of trophies. He’s now at Bayern Munich obviously, and is sure to enjoy even more success back in the Bundesliga.
It’s understandable that he’d feel a little undervalued next to Alexis though, as the Arsenal talisman is unquestionably the goldenboy of Chile. That is not just down to his success and on-field achievements however, as the 26-year-old is also a man for the people.
He regularly goes out of his way to help his countrymen in whatever way he can, offering financial aid and support where possible. He’s also extremely humble, something Vidal clearly struggles with.
You don’t become a beloved icon by just winning trophies, you also need to have the right mentality, the right personality, and show your fans that you want to win not only for yourself, but for them.
The report goes on to cite an unnamed friend of the pair, who talks of the jealousy between them.
“They envy each other over what one achieves and vice versa,” he said.
“It is normal in football. It may look that they have everything but they always want to have more than the teammate. They compete for who has the best car and, the moment and even for women. They want to be better than the other and prove it. That’s why the face each other.”
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Vidal needs to learn a bit of humility, and there’s far more he could do if he wants to get the same level of recognition as Alexis Sanchez. Rivalry is understandable between teammates, but there’s no need to be childish about it.