'Ronaldo is a smart ass – to me he doesn't exist!' – Vidal
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The Chile midfielder has hit out at the Real Madrid star as he prepares to go head-to-head with the Portugal captain at the Confederations Cup
Arturo Vidal has hit out at Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Chile's Confederations Cup semi-final against Portugal, labelling the Real Madrid star "a smart ass".
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Chile secured a place in the last four with a draw against Australia on Sunday as they finished second in Group B behind world champions Germany.
They will now face Euro 2016 winners Portugal in Kazan on Wednesday, with Ronaldo having enjoyed a good tournament to date.
Despite speculation over his future and a tax case in Spain overshadowing the Manchester United man leading into the tournament, he has led by example for his country by scoring two goals and providing one assist.
Vidal, though, does not to have been too impressed by the four-time Ballon d'Or winner, and has hit out at his attitude ahead of their face-off.
"Cristiano is a smart ass!" he told reporters. "For me he does not exist.
"I have already told my Bayern Munich team-mate Joshua Kimmich that we will meet again in the final!"
The other semi-final is between Group B table-toppers Germany and Group A runners-up Mexico, who entered the competition as CONCACAF champions.