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Arda Turan (born 30 January 1987) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays for Istanbul Basaksehir, on loan from Barcelona and the Turkish national team. Turan is best known for his ball control, dribbling skills, and vision.
He was proclaimed captain of Galatasaray at age 21, prior to the 2009–10 season. Turan was ranked eighth in a list of the 100 Top Young Football Players in the World piece released by Spanish newspaper Don Balón in July 2008.
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.
Turan was nominated for the UEFA Team of the Year for 2014, alongside 40 others, making him Turkey's fourth-most capped player of all time.
Turan is a product of Galatasaray's youth. He was promoted to the Galatasaray first-team by head Gheorghe Hagi in 2004, 2005, and he made his professional debut against Bursaspor in a Turkish Cup match on January 22, 2005. In the second half of the 2005–06 season, he spent a time on loan to fellow Süper Lig side Manisaspor. Turan also scored two goals for the team, which was based in Manisa, in the 2005–06 season.
Turan was called back to Galatasaray for the start of the 2006–07 season and quickly fell into the first team. He received his first senior international call up during this period. He helped Galataray qualify for the following season's UEFA Champions League group stage. Turan's growth continued in the 2007–08 season, scoring seven goals in the second half of the season.
Turan was given the captaincy of Galatasaray and squad number 10, which had previously been assigned to Metin Oktay and Hagi; Turan had worn number 66 before.
Turan led his team to six straight league victories games, putting Galatasaray comfortably at the top of the table as captain at the start of the season. He was plagued with injuries and played in a limited number of games in the 2010–11 season. He had appeared in just 12 league games, scoring two goals, and in three Turkish Cup matches, where he scored one. Atlético Madrid's admirable performances over the past four years of his Galatasaray career have piqued his attention.
Turan was confirmed in the early hours of September 9, 2011, making him the most expensive Turkish footballer of all time.
On August 28, 2011, he was given the number 11 shirt for his 2011–12 La Liga debut against Osasuna, and he was drafted as a replacement in the second half. On September 15th, he made his UEFA Europa League debut against Celtic, starting the game and assisting a goal. He was recalled for the starting XI on September 18 and gave two assists.
Turan will return to Galatasaray in the future under the right of first refusal that was signed between Galataray and Atlético during an interview with Lig television on October 25th. Turan scored his first goal for Atlético in a Europa League match against Celtic on November 30. He scored his first La Liga goal on December 11th with a driven volley just outside the box. In a 3–1 victory over Rennes, he netted again in the Europa League match that followed.
As Atlético defeated Espanyol 3–1 on April 22, 2012, putting his side in seventh place in the league standings and just three points behind Málaga for the final Champions League position. Turan scored two goals in two minutes. He received an assist from his colleague Radamel Falcao in the 2012 UEFA Europa League Final against Athletic Bilbao on May 9th, which made the score 2–0.
Turan's number was changed from 11 to ten in the 2012–13 season. In Atlético's 1–1 La Liga season opener against Levante, he began his season with a game-tying long-distance screamer. He then won the 2012 UEFA Super Cup with Atlético versus Chelsea's Champions League victors Chelsea, assisting Falcao in the third goal of the game in a 4–1 win. He scored his third goal of the game against Rayo Vallecano in a 4–3 home victory on September 16, 2012. He was instrumental in Atlético's victories in their first two 2013–14 Champions League matches against Zenit Saint Petersburg and Porto, scoring a goal in both matches. He scored the last goal of a 3–1 away win over Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals on Saturday, sending Atlético to the final for the first time since 1974.
Turan scored the crucial goal in Atlético's 1–2 away league victory over Real Madrid on September 13, 2014, when he came as a replacement one hour before the game. Atlético boss Diego Simeone praised Turan's contribution to Atlético's victory after the match. Turan scored the first goal of the match against Juventus on October 1st, 2014, in the group stage of the 2014–15 Champions League season. Turan threw his boot into the direction of the assistant referee when he was refused a free kick by Ivan Rakiti in the 47th minute of the Copa del Rey quarterfinal against Barcelona on January 28. However, he was not suspended for the match after the match, but not for the cause. Atlético was booted from the tournament after the match ended with a 2–3 loss and 2–4 loss on aggregate. Turan was suspended for a foul on Sergio Ramos after Atlético lost 0–1 at Real Madrid on Sunday and was barred from the Champions League's quarter-finals.
Barcelona announced the signing of Turan from Atlético for €34 million, plus €7 million in variables, on July 6, 2015. Turan will serve for five seasons, but after Barcelona's transfer ban was lifted in January 2016, Turan would make his debut for the Catalans in January 2016. Turan picked number 7 for his shirt on December 29, 2015, and that was on a Friday. Turan made his debut in a Derbi barcelon-versus- Espanyol match in the first leg of the Copa del Rey's first leg on January 6, 2016, which ended 4–1 for Barcelona, kicking Turan off in the first leg of the match. In the second half that was saved by Espanyol goalkeeper Pau, he fired a shot. Turan's first Liga match of the season was played against Granada at home on January 9, 2016. The match ended 4–0, with Turan assisting Lionel Messi's opening goal. Barcelona defeated Sevilla 3–0 on aggregate on August 17, 2016 while Lionel Messi twice as Barcelona defeated Sevilla 3-2 2-1.
Turan scored his first hat-trick for Barcelona on December 7, 2016, beating Borussia Mönchengladbach in a Champions League group stage match against Borussia Mönchengladbach. After Messi, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Samuel Eto'o, and Neymar, he became the sixth player in Barça to score a hat-trick in the Champions League. Turan's first hat-trick in European competitions was also celebrated.
Arda was loaned out to Turkish club stanbul Başakşehir for the remainder of the season and two more in the winter transfer window after not playing a single game for Barcelona in the 2017-18 season. In the 3–0 away win over Bursaspor, he made his team debut in a league match on January 21, 2018, breaking off the bench at the 65th minute mark and scoring his third goal. Turan was suspended in a league match against Sivasspor after refusing with a decision. He received a 16-match suspension from the Turkish Federation's discipline board, the country's longest punishment to a player ever. The ban was reduced to ten games by TFF's arbitration board later, but later, it was limited to ten games. Turan's loan was terminated six months early by Başakşehir on January 7, 2020.
Galatasaray reported the signing of Turan on a two-year contract on August 5th, 2020. Fernando Muslera, a long-serving goalkeeper, was named as the club's captain after he sustained a long-term injury. On September 12th, he appeared in his first official match of the 2020-21 season against Gaziantep in the Super League. He appeared in just seven games and didn't have any goals for the next season.
Turan revealed on his social media page on September 12, 2022, that he "hanged up" his football boots.
His retirement announcement was also included in a formal retirement video put together by the Libre Channel.
Turan was a Turkish international regular who made over 90 appearances for Turkey at the senior level. He made his debut in the 1–0 friendly over Luxembourg on August 16, 2006, and had been with the youth national team at the under- and under-21 levels. In a friendly against Uruguay on May 25, 2008, he scored his first international goal.
Turan appeared in nine of Turkey's 12 qualifying matches for Euro 2008, as well as in the tournament's finals. Turan scored two goals during Turkey's journey to the semi-finals. In their second group stage match against Switzerland, the first was a last-minute winner against co-hosts Switzerland, effectively excluding them from the competition. His second appearance in the final group stage match against the Czech Republic, in which a draw would determine who would advance to the quarter-finals if both teams had identical records. He scored Turkey's first goal in the second half, beating goalkeeper Petr eech with a low shot, allowing Turkey to go from 2–0 down to win the game. He converted a spot-kick in the quarter-finals against Croatia, advancing Turkey to the semi-finals, where they were ultimately disqualified by losing finalists Germany.
Turan scored two goals in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds, but Turkey did not qualify from their group. Following a qualifier between Armenia and Turkey in September 2008, both teams had significant political challenges – the two teams received a FIFA Fair Play Award for 2008.
Turan scored four goals for Turkey during the qualification rounds of the Euro 2012, one against Belgium and one against Austria. After being disqualified by Croatia in the play-offs, Turkey, however, did not qualify for the final stages of Euro 2012.
Turan attacked journalist Bilal Meşe verbally and threatened to strangulate journalist Bilal Meşe in a plane ride back from a match against Macedonia in June 2017. He later reported that he didn't feel any regrets and that he would no longer be playing for Turkey. However, after the dismissal of head coach Fatih Terim and the new coach Mircea Lucescu's expressing his displeasure with Turan's return, he revealed in August that he would return to Turkey.
In the 3–0 loss to Iceland's national football team in the 2018 World Cup qualifying group match in October 2017, he was granted his 100th and final international appearance for Turkey.