Arda playing for Atlético Madrid in 2013
|Full name||Arda Turan|
|Date of birth||30 January 1987|
|Place of birth||Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Current club||Atlético Madrid|
|2006||→ Manisaspor (loan)||15||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Arda Turan (born 30 January 1987) is a Turkish footballer who currently plays as a winger for Atlético Madrid and the Turkish national team. At the age of 21, prior to the 2009–10 season, he was made the captain of Galatasaray. He is mostly known for his ball control, dribbling skills, and vision.
Arda has 71 senior national caps and 14 goals for Turkey and following a successful UEFA Euro 2008 campaign, he was ranked eighth in a selection of the 100 Best Young Football Players in the World piece published by Spanish magazine Don Balón in July 2008.
Arda is a product of the Galatasaray youth. He was promoted to first team by Gheorghe Hagi in 2004–05 season, making his official debut against Bursaspor in a Turkish Cup match on 22 January 2005. He had a spell on loan to fellow Süper Lig side Manisaspor in the second half of the 2005–06 season. He was recalled for the start of the following 2006–07 season and quickly broke into the first team. It was during this time that he received his first senior international call up. Arda helped Galatasaray qualify for the following season's Champions League group stage.
Arda continued his development in the 2007–08 season, scoring seven goals in the second half of the season. At the start of the 2009–10 season, Arda was handed the captaincy of Galatasaray, and was handed squad number 10, which had previously belonged to Metin Oktay and Gheorghe Hagi, having previously worn number 66. As captain at the start of season, he guided his team to six consecutive league wins games which put Galatasaray comfortably at the top of the table. In the 2010–11 season, Arda was troubled with injuries and played a limited amount of games. By the end of the season, he had played in only 12 league games, where he scored two goals, and in three Turkish Cup games, where he scored one. His stunning performances over the last four years of his Galatasaray career lead to interest from Spanish club Atlético Madrid.
In the late hours of 9 August 2011, it was announced that Arda would be joining Atlético Madrid for a fee of €19 million plus bonuses, making him the most expensive Turkish footballer of all-time.
He was handed the number 11 shirt and made his 2011–12 debut on 28 August 2011 against CA Osasuna, coming on as a substitute in the second half. He made his UEFA Europa League debut on 15 September against Celtic, starting the game and assisting a goal. On 18 September, Arda was again selected for the starting XI and notched two assists.
On 25 October, Galatasaray president Ünal Aysal stated that Arda will come back to Galatasaray in the future under right of first refusal that was signed between Galatasaray and Atlético during an interview with Lig TV. On 30 November, Arda scored his first goal for Atlético in a Europa League game against Celtic with a powerful volley. On 11 December, Arda scored his first league goal with a driven volley just outside the box. In the Europa League game that followed, Arda netted again in a 3–1 win against Rennes.
Arda scored two goals in two minutes as Atlético defeated RCD Espanyol 3–1 on 22 April 2012, to move his side into seventh place and just three points behind Málaga CF for the final Champions League spot. On 9 May, in the 2012 UEFA Europa League Final against Athletic Bilbao, he made an assist to his teammate Radamel Falcao, which made the match 2–0.
Arda's number was changed from 11 to 10 before the 2012–13 season. He began his season with a game-tying long, long-distance screamer in Atlético 1–1 opener against Levante UD. He then won the 2012 UEFA Super Cup with Atlético against Champions League victors Chelsea, assisting Falcao for the third goal of the game in a 4–1 victory. On 16 September 2012, Arda scored the third goal of the game against Rayo Vallecano in a 4–3 home win. He was instrumental in Atlético's wins in their first two Champions League matches against Zenit and Porto, scoring a goal in each match.
Arda is a Turkish international regular, having made over 50 appearances for Turkey at senior level. He made his debut in the 1–0 friendly victory over Luxembourg on 16 August 2006, having worked his way through the youth national team at the under-19 and under-21 levels. He scored his first international goal on 25 May 2008 in a friendly against Uruguay. Arda featured in nine of Turkey's 12 qualification matches for Euro 2008, and starred in the finals of the tournament itself. He scored two goals during Turkey's progression to the semi-finals. The first was a last minute winner against co-hosts Switzerland in their second group game to knock them out of the competition. His second came in the final group game against the Czech Republic, in which the winner would go through to the quarter-finals due to identical records. He scored Turkey's first goal in the second half, beating Petr Čech with a low shot, which lead to Turkey coming from 2–0 down to win the match. He also successfully converted a spot-kick in the penalty shootout against Croatia in the quarter-finals, taking Turkey to the semi-finals, where they were eventually knocked out by losing finalists Germany.
Arda scored two goals during the qualification rounds of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but ultimately Turkey failed to qualify from their group. After a qualifier in September 2008 between Armenia and Turkey – the two sides having historical political problems — both teams received a FIFA Fair Play Award for 2008.
He scored the Turkish national team's 600th international goal in a 2010 World Cup qualification game against Estonia on 5 September 2009. Arda scored four goals for Turkey during the qualification rounds of the UEFA Euro 2012 — two against Kazakhstan, one against Belgium, and one against Austria. Turkey, however, could not qualify for the final stages of Euro 2012 after being eliminated by Croatia in the play-offs.
Arda describes himself as an avid fan of Galatasaray. He says that, "Other teams have offered me really big money but my love for Galatasaray is real." He also declares that, "I want to play in major leagues and my dream team is Liverpool." He added, "As I always mention, Liverpool attracts me because of their tradition. In Europe, I am a Liverpool supporter, so if I go to play in Europe, I would like to play for them." He says he enjoys being compared to Lionel Messi but states that Messi is the "greatest player in the world." He is also highly involved in work with the Galatasaray youth set up, particularly with the under-21's. He is a regular follower of their games and offers them support.
On 16 November 2008, Arda collapsed during a game against İstanbul BB. After being rushed to hospital, he was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia. The day after the incident, doctors declared that Arda was in good health and that extreme exhaustion caused the arrhythmia. In November 2009, he suffered a minor bout of swine flu but recovered within a few days to resume training. He is also known for his humanitarian work, especially in the helping of sick children. He has a passion in cars and currently drives an Aston Martin DB9 and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, according to the Turkish press. In early January 2009, he was involved in a serious car crash in Istanbul, which totaled his car. Fortunately, Arda suffered no injuries and continued training with only cuts and bruises.
- Atlético Madrid
- Süper Lig Player of the Year (3): 2008, 2009, 2010
- Super Lig Top Assister (2): 2008–09 (9 Assists), 2009–10 (14 Assists)
- Best Turkish Player in Europe (2): 2011–12, 2012–13
- IFFHS most popular European footballer of 2009 - 
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- Arda Turan career stats at Soccerbase
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