Midfielder Arturo Vidal has penned an emotional letter to announce his retirement from the Chilean national team after the country failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Chile won’t be in Russia next summer after they missed out on a qualification spot with a 3-0 loss to Brazil.
Vidal, 30, wrote the emotional letter via Twitter. In his words, the Bayern Munich star said:
“Many thanks to all for everything!!”
“Throughout all these years I gave my life in every match [and] learned [a lot] and taught a country that with a little bit of strength and hard work everything is possible!!!
“My soul is destroyed but at the same time proud of these players and technical staff!!!” he further said.
Arturo Vidal has scored 23 goals in 95 appearances for the Chilean national team and was instrumental in the country’s COPA America triumph in 2015 and 2016.