Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal said he wants to win the Champions League with “the best team in the world” and believes he will have to play at a higher standard now that he is a teammate of players such as Lionel Messi.
Vidal, 31, was introduced by Barca on Monday after he passed a medical and signed a three-year contract with the club after three seasons at Bayern Munich.
Vice president Jordi Mestre said Barcelona have a €300 million buyout clause on Vidal, who had one year left on his contract with Bayern.
“When my agent gave me the option, I didn’t doubt for a second,” Vidal said at a news conference. “To face Messi is something beautiful because you take on the best player in the history. Now that I’m on his team, I hope to be up to his standard.
“We have the best players in the world here. I’ve played in many teams and now I’ve arrived at the best. This is a new challenge. To have arrived at Barcelona is a bigger step than that of Bayern Munich. I hope to help the team win titles. I’m hungry to win titles. I have arrived with all the energy and ready to leave my heart on the pitch.”