Some of you may him remember as the kid who shined during the euro's 2008, scoring 3 goals, chosen as MOTM vs Switserland etc, but for the rest, many of you havent probably seen him much hence the fact the turkish league isnt well known by most.
Arda Turan is at the age of 22 the leader and captain of Galatasaray and the most important player of the NT, without a doubt the best turkish player on earth, including the turks who play for another NT.
Debuted under the master himselve, Hagi, at the age of 17/18, loaned out to Manisaspor a season later after not getting too much playing time. At Manisa he had a spot in the first 11 as a rightback, many people didnt realise his talents, he showed during games of Manisaspor against the big clubs what he's capable of, Galatasaray-Manisaspor, against his own club, Manisaspor lost 4-2 but Arda Turan ripped down the whole right flank and assisted a goal. Manisaspor-Fenerbahce, Fenerbahce lost 5-3! and Arda Turan once again assisting 2 goals was one of the best players on the field, people started to talk about Arda, many tought he still wouldnt cut it.
The season after he came back from his loan but Gerets somehow wanted to loan him another year but the board-president insisted him to stay. Arda impressed so much on the trainings he got a first 11 spot the first game against a Czech club for the CL-qualifiers, and since that game on(where he scored 2 goals in a 5-2 win), he never lost his spot and managed to shine at every stage. He had no CL experience that year yet he was our best player in the CL, wether if it was against Bordeaux, PSV or Liverpool in anfield. His debut for the NT didnt took long too and just like at Galatasaray he became a key-player ever since his first game.
After a dissapointing season Gerets got sacked, but Arda was still the only player who's spot was guarenteed. With 14 assists(top assists maker of the season) and 7 goals he had a huge part in the championsship, he was also chosen as the best player of the league, chosen to the best turkish team of all time, and with the euro coming up, the expectations were high.
During the first game of the euro's Terim put him as a sub and 70 million turks were angry, Turkey played an aweful game against Portugal and lost 2-0. Terim(who's known being a clown in chosing players) was critisized by pretty much everybody and the next game Arda was on the field against the swiss, being the genious he is, he proved Terim wrong and won us the game with a goal in the dying minuts, also shined against the czech and had a huge part of our 3-2 win. He played an avarage game against the croats and was suspended against the German, but still. Arda made a name of himselve in international football, not very big, but most people knew who Arda Turan was.
The season after with Skibbe Galatasaray had an aweful year full of injuries and dissapointments, this year Arda is the captain and we have a worldclass coach with Rijkaard (and Neeskens) and instead of being captured at the left flank, Arda has a free-role. Arda's a better player then he was now during the euro's 2008 and simply worldclass IMO.
Galatasaray has started the season impressivly and Arda has been our best player. These are his incredible statics so far this season, as the captain in his free role
Europe ; 5 games : 7 assists & 0 goals
League: 4 games : 6 assists & 2 goals.
NT: 2 games : 2 assists & 1 goal
total : 11 games : 15 assists and 3 goals