This summer Eurosport is counting down the world's greatest footballers, as voted by our international network of journalists. We will reveal one player per day, culminating in the election of the first Ballon d'Eurosport on July 19.
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Arturo Vidal has blossomed into one of Europe's most powerful, driving midfielders, which is why he has found himself at 18 on our list.
The box-to-box man, known as Il Guerriero (The Warrior) is a tough tackler but also a confident finisher.
Vidal’s partnership in central midfield with Andrea Pirlo was a key factor in ensuring Juventus retained the Serie A title this season.
Pirlo's experience and Vidal's dynamism have dovetailed superbly, and it is not a coincidence that the Chilean has won the Scudetto in each of his two seasons in Italy.
This year he showed his value as a goalscorer as well - with double-figures in Serie A, and a further five across the cup competitions, averaging a goal every three games. It was his most prolific season yet, and at the age of 26, a sign that perhaps more is to come.
It is a sign of how highly he is rated by those who watch him most often that the Italian office had him eighth on their list (above Pirlo, it should be noted). He also bagged the same number of votes from the French office, and was on the radar in Russia, Arabia, Poland and Germany, where he enjoyed a stint at Bayer Leverkusen.
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How Eurosport voted
We asked the editorial teams of 10 countries/areas around the Eurosport network to compile their list of the world's 25 best players.
Then we did the sums, Eurovision-style. It's simple: a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second place is 24... all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.