Ahead of the pair of South Americans linking up, we remember what the robust midfielder said about Messi. Vidal has been subject to intense transfer speculation with a host of clubs eyeing him up. Manchester United and Manchester City as well as Inter Milan, to name but a few, were heavily linked with his services. However, in the eleventh hour, Barcelona have entered the race and are on the verge of snapping him up for a reported £26.7 million.
He’ll reportedly join Barcelona’s squad, making him club colleagues with Messi. Image: PA Image: PA Vidal and Messi have plenty of history with the pair locking horns on the international stage, most notably in the Copa America finals where Chile beat Argentina. And just a few weeks ago, Vidal was asked whether he feared Messi. “Do I fear him or does he fear me? I don’t fear him, but you have to ask him if he was left with fear,” he said via ESPN. Vidal added: “I’ve beaten him in all the finals — and if we were to meet again, we [Chile] would win again. “I don’t fear anything — on the pitch we are all equal. I defend my jersey and my national team to the death. If I can, I give it all on the pitch. “The Argentinians dream about me! It was joyful to win a Copa America. For Chileans, it’s not easy to reach a final and win it, more so against the Argentinians. But we got two Copas and that will always be there.” Interesting. How will the situation pan out between Vidal and Messi?