30 Facts About Arda Turan

1. Arda Turan was ranked eighth in a selection of the 100 Best Young Football Players in the World piece published by Spanish magazine Don Balon in July 2008.

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2. Arda Turan made his debut for Barca on January 6, 2016 in a Copa del Rey encounter at Camp Nou against Espanyol.

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3. Arda Turan once opened his house in Madrid to people across the city's political spectrum.

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4. Arda Turan is still a Barcelona player and is only playing for Istanbul Basaksehir on loan.

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5. Arda Turan was featured on the cover of the video game FIFA 15 in Turkey.

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6. Arda Turan states that while he enjoys being compared Lionel Messi, he thinks that Messi is the "greatest player in the world".

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7. Arda Turan 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.

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8. Arda Turan scored his first international goal on 25 May 2008 in a friendly against Uruguay.

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9. Arda Turan received a 16-match ban from the Turkish Federation's disciplinary board, the longest punishment ever issued to a player in the country.

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10. Arda Turan placed a shot in the second half that was saved by Espanyol goalkeeper Pau.

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11. Arda Turan is known for his long-standing support of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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12. On 11 May 2014, Arda Turan was announced as a goodwill ambassador for the Khojaly massacre.

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13. Arda Turan is known for his humanitarian work, especially in the helping of sick children.

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14. Arda Turan had been dating Turkish actress Sinem Kobal since August 2009.

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15. Arda Turan suffered no serious injuries and continued training with only cuts and bruises.

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16. Arda Turan has a passion for cars and currently drives a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and an Audi RS6.

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17. On 16 November 2008, Arda Turan collapsed during a match against Istanbul BB.

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18. Arda Turan states that while he enjoys being compared to current Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi, he thinks that Messi is the "greatest player in the world".

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19. In June 2017, Arda Turan attacked verbally and tried to strangulate journalist Bilal Mese in a plane trip back from a game against Macedonia.

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20. Arda Turan scored the Turkish national team's 600th international goal in a 2010 World Cup qualification game, against Estonia on 5 September 2009.

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21. Arda Turan featured in nine of Turkey's 12 qualification matches for Euro 2008, and starred in the finals of the tournament itself.

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22. Arda Turan was a Turkish international regular, having made over 90 appearances for Turkey at senior level.

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23. On 4 May 2018, Arda Turan was sent off in a league match against Sivasspor for pushing an assistant referee after disagreeing with a ruling.

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24. On 7 December 2016, Arda Turan scored his first hat-trick for Barcelona during a Champions League group stage match against Borussia Monchengladbach.

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25. Arda Turan played his first Liga match with Barcelona on 9 January 2016, the 17th matchday of the season, at home against Granada.

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26. On 29 December 2015, Arda Turan picked number 7 for his shirt.

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27. On 25 November 2014, Arda Turan was nominated for the UEFA Team of the Year for 2014, among 40 other players.

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28. Arda Turan was ranked 38th in "The 100 Best Footballers in the World" by The Guardian in 2014, the only player on the list to be born in Turkey.

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29. Arda Turan is mostly known for his ball control, dribbling skills and vision.

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30. Arda Turan is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir, on loan from Barcelona, and the Turkey national team.

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