Arturo Vidal retires from global football

Arturo Vidal retires from global football

Arturo Vidal says he is retiring from global football with his "soul crushed" after Chile failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals.

Vidal, 30, made the announcement on his verified Twitter handle following Chile's 3-0 away loss to Brazil which ended their hopes of qualifying for Russian Federation.

A day after the failure, the 30 year old says he has made a decision to quit the national team.

"Chile is a team of warriors". And I will not abandon it (the team).

"I'm sure that, all together, we'll come back stronger".

Alongside photos of Chile's Copa America victories in 2015 and 2016, Vidal wrote on Instagram: 'Many thanks guys for everything!'

The Chileans finished level on points with Peru, who secured a two-legged playoff against New Zealand, but trailed on goal difference to be placed out of the running in sixth in the final South American qualifying table.

As well as winning two Copa America titles, the Bayern Munich midfielder has represented his country at two World Cup finals, making seven appearances as Chile reached the last-16 stage in 2010 and 2014.

The top four teams - Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia - qualified directly for the finals in Russian Federation while Peru are through to a two-legged playoff against New Zealand.

Also Chile's Argentinean manager Juan Antonio Pizzi announced his resignation from the team after Tuesday's disappointment.

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