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Willian Borges da Silva, commonly known by the name Willian, represents the national football team of Brazil. Besides, he plays for Chelsea, in the English Premier League. As a talented player, he performs the role of a winger as well as an attacking midfielder.
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Willian’s career began with Corinthians. After that, in August 2007, he joined Shakhtar, who paid a fee of 14 million EUR. Then, he went on to stay associated with the team for 6 years; and, during this time, he helped his team earn Ukrainian Premier League five times!! Additionally, during his association, Shakhtar also lifted the UEFA Cup in 2009. Then, he moved to Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, before joining Chelsea for £30 million. Here, he helped win the Premier League and League Cup.
Besides his club career, Willian is also noted for his international performances for Brazil where he debuted in 2011. So far, he has represented Brazil in World Cup 2014, besides appearing in Copa América 2015 and Copa América Centenario.
As part of their youth program, Willian stayed associated with Corinthians from 1998. Then, in the year 2007, he began playing for their first team. Eventually, he appeared in five league games in his first season; this helped the team get a position in the middle of the table. Next, in the following season with Corinthians, he played in 11 league matches, in which he scored twice. This led the team to gain the 17th place on Série A table, and they had to face relegation.
In August 2007, Wilian joined Shakhtar Donetsk by signing a contract of five years; for the transfer, the club paid 14 million EUR. Willian debuted for the club in a 2–1 league win against Chornomorets Odesa in September. Then, he scored the first goal for Shakhtar in October against Arsenal Kyiv in a 4–1 win in Ukrainian Cup. Eventually, in his first season, he appeared in 28 games, scoring 1 goal. Additionally, he helped his team with both Premier League as well as Ukrainian Cup. In August, he contributed with 1 Champions League goal in the 3–1 win against Dinamo Zagreb.
Willian scored his first goal of the next season in a Ukrainian Cup win of 6–1 over Dniester Ovidiopol August. Followed by this, in September, he made the second goal in a game against Club Brugge in Europa League. Additionally, he helped the team win the Premier League. Willian started 2010-11, with a goal in a Super Cup win with 7–1 against Tavriya Simferopol in July.In March, he made two Champions League goals against Roma, and Shakhtar went on to the quarter-final.
In October 2011, Willian scored the first goal of the season in a Champions League which resulted in a 2–2 tie with Zenit Saint Petersburg. Then, in the next season, he had to wait before he joined his team again in the fourth league match in August, and appeared against Volyn Lutsk. In August, he made his first goal of the season. In addition, he made two assists, in a 5–1 win over Chornomorets Odesa. He also scored twice in his team’s 3–2 defeat to Chelsea in Champions League group stage in November.
During his time, Shakhtar gained many big wins, besides maintaining stunning displays all through. Their successes during his tenure include:
In January 2013, Willian joined Anzhi Makhachkala; the club reportedly paid a sum of around 35 million EUR. After he moved to Russia, he debuted in a Europa League game against Newcastle United. But, unfortunately, he sustained an injury in the match. His first goal for the team came in April 2013 in a 3–0 win over Volga Nizhny Novgorod. After this, in August, Anzhi, due to some business restructuring, decided to transfer their squad, and the list included Willian.
In August 2013, Chelsea signed Chelsea in a deal that cost the team £30 million. The transfer was dependent on his work permit hearing, and the deal became official on the same day as his hearing. The Brazillian signed a contract of five years. In September that year, he debuted against Basel in a Champions League loss for his team, with a score of 1–2. Eventually, he participated in several of the team’s victories in both League Cup, as well as Champions League. Then, he debuted in the league in October against Norwich City, and made a goal in the 3–1 victory. In 2014–15, Willian played in 36 league matches.
In September, Willian converted free kick and Chelsea won over Maccabi Tel Aviv in Champions League. His season saw more successful free-kicks from him. In the end, he amassed the highest number of free-kicks the season. In December, his Champions League goal in the 2–0 win against Porto helped his team to the final group game. Subsequently, he became part of the Champions League XI player squad in the group stage. In July 2016, he signed an extension of his contract for four years.
In April 2017, Willian made 2 goals in the FA Cup semi-final win with a score of 4-2 against Tottenham Hotspur. In his 200th game for Chelsea, Willian made two goals and earned two penalty shots helping his team defeat Qarabağ with a score of 4–0 in November. Thus, his team reached Champions League knockout stages.
During his stint at the club, Chelsea has managed with put up some amazing displays and win honourable titles including the following:
For the U-20 team of Brazil from 2007, Willian debuted in a South American Youth Championship win against Chile in January 2007. After that, he became a member of the U-20 World Cup. However, the team lost to Spain in the quarter-final. He helped the youth team earn the South American Youth Championship in 2007.
Following that, in November 2011, he debuted for Brazil in a friendly in which the team faced Gabon. In November 2013, Willian made the first international goal against Honduras, in a 5–0 victory. In May 2014, he became part of the 23-player squad for World Cup 2014. And, appearing for his team in the round-of-16 game opposite Chile, he attempted a penalty shot which went wide of the box.
In Copa América 2015, Willian helped in sending his team to the quarter-final, by assisting a decisive goal by Roberto Firmino in their 2–1 victory against Venezuela. So far, during his tenure, Brazil has managed to gain the Superclásico de las Américas title of 2014.
He was born in Ribeirão Pires, in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, to father Severino da Silva and Maria da Silva. He is married to Vanessa Martins, and the couple has twin daughters, Manuella and Valentina. In October 2016, his mother passed away, when she was 57. To pay respect to the departed soul, as well as to Willian for going through the loss, his team manager and teammates dedicated two goals and the win to Willian and his mom.
The current market value of Willian is £28.8 million, which is a drop from his highest market value of £31.50 million, an amount that he acquired in September 2013.
Willian has made some stunning performances for his teams, both internationally and at club level. Not only has he led his team win cups and titles, but has also helped them put up great displays. And, in the process, he has earned himself several honours, like the following: