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.
He is mostly known for his ball control, dribbling skills, and vision. At the age of 21, prior to the 2009–10 season, he was made the captain of Galatasaray. Turan is the first Turkish footballer to win the La Liga title, achieving this in the 2013–14 season.
Following a successful Euro 2008 campaign, Turan 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. 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. Down by 40 steps compared to previous year, Turan was ranked 78th in Guardian's list of 2015. On 25 November 2014, Turan was nominated for the UEFA Team of the Year for 2014, among 40 other players.
As of February 2017, he holds 95 senior national caps and 17 goals for Turkey national team, making him the 4th most capped player of the teams' history.Close