Arturo Vidal has strongly hinted he is ready to walk away from international football in an emotional statement posted in the aftermath of Chile's World Cup elimination.
The Copa America holders slumped to a 3-0 loss against Brazil in Sao Paulo, with results elsewhere leaving them sixth in the CONMEBOL standings – shy of the four automatic spots for Russia 2018 and the intercontinental play-off berth taken by fifth-placed Peru.
The sense of the loss marking the end of an era for a celebrated side was heightened by social media comments from Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal after head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi announced his intention to step down.
Gracias por todo muchachos!!😢😢 pic.twitter.com/I9s9OhTK7r— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) October 11, 2017
"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," said the 30-year-old, who told reporters he was ready for retirement after defeat to Bolivia during the previous international break.
Vidal went on to state his "soul was crushed" and he is not the only stalwart considering his future.