- Arturo Vidal calls it quit with the Chilean national team
- He made this decision following Chile's failure to make it to Russia 2018
- Chile got eliminated from making it to Russia after losing lost 3-0 to Brazil
Bayern Munich's midfielder has announced his retirement from international duties after failing to help Chile qualify for Russia 2018.
The former Juventus midfielder planned to call it a day after next summer's tournament but has moved his decision forward.
Vidal who made his debut for Chile back in 2007 made his 99th appearance for the La Roja in last night's 3-0 defeat to Brazil.
He announced the retirement in an emotional post on social media, "Thank you lads, for everything, for all these years together... for teaching me and for showing a country that with effort and work anything is possible in life," Vidal wrote in Spanish on Twitter.
Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez were both instrumental in Chile's consecutive triumphs in the Copa America and the news of his announcement came after his Bayern Munich's team mate, Arjen Robben also put an end to his international career.
Argentina defeating Ecuardo and Peru's draw against Colombia ensured the South American Champions dropped to 6th which effectively put an end to their World Cup ambitions.
Chile's Argentinean manager Juan Antonio Pizzi also announced his retirement from the team after Tuesday's disappointment, his exit is likely to coincide with the retirement of several big names from Chile's golden generation, including Gary Medel and Claudio Bravo.
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