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Arda Turan is a Turkish footballer playing for Galatasaray in the Turkish Süper Lig. At the age of 22, prior to the 2009-10 season he was made the captain of Galatasaray.
He already has over 30 senior national caps and five goals for Turkey, and following a successful Euro 2008 campaign, he was ranked 8th in a selection of the 100 Best Young Football Players in the World, published by Spanish magazine Don Balón in July 2008. Like many Turkish footballers, he is most commonly known by his first name.
In his personal life he describes himself as a big 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 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 u21`s. He is a regular follower of their games and offers them support.
He is also known for his humanitarian work. Especially in the helping of sick children.
Arda is a product of the Galatasaray youth system, and had a successful spell on loan to fellow Super Lig side Manisaspor in the 2005-06 season. He was recalled the for the start of the following season, and quickly broke into the first team. It was during this time that he received his first senior international call up. Arda quickly impressed manager Eric Gerets with his performances early in the 2006–07 season. After his performances in the Champions League qualifiers which led Galatasaray to the group stage, Arda became a first team regular.
Arda continued his development in the 2007-08 season. Despite a poor start to the season, Arda improved his performances immensely, scoring seven goals in the second half of the season. Following his impressive displays domestically, Newcastle United made a £9m offer to buy Arda prior to the Euro 2008 championships, but the Galatasaray chairman rejected the offer.
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 the 2009-10 season, he guided his team to six consecutive league wins games which put Galatasaray comfortably at the top of the table. He has scored six goals and registered 16 assists in all competitions this season.
Arda is an international regular having made over 30 appearances for Turkey at senior level. He made his debut in the 2–0 friendly victory over Luxembourg on August 16, 2006, having worked his way through the youth National Team at U19 and U21 level. He scored his first international goal on May 25, 2008 in a friendly against Uruguay.
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Arda Turan (born 30 January 1987) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Spanish club FC Barcelona and captains the Turkey national team.
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