Willian Borges da Silva popularly known as Willian is a Brazilian footballer, born on 9th August 1988 at Ribeirao Pires near Sao Paulo. The right-footed footballer plays in both wings for his national team and Chelsea. Sometimes, he dons the attacking midfielder role.
During a local match against Corinthians, 9-year-old Willian impressed the famous Brazilian club and was snapped by them. Spending eight years in the youth set-up, Willian was handed out his first senior-team appearance against Fluminense in Brazilian Série A in November 2006.
Willian was included in the Brazilian U-20 side for the 2007 South American Youth Championship. He was rewarded with a first XI start against Juventude in May 2007.
Although he spent only 91 minutes on the field in three matches in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Willian hogged the attention of European clubs. In August 2007, Willian joined Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk at 14 million Euro.
He blossomed in the second season as his dynamic quality rallied Shakhtar to win the UEFA Cup title and domestic cup in 2008.
Willian acquired his maiden international cap in a friendly match against Gabon as a 72nd-minute substitution in November 2011.
Three days later, the Brazilian came in as a 75th –minute replacement in his second game against Egypt.
Rise to Glory
Willian put up a decent performance in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification notching three goals and seven assists in 13 matches.
William performed really well in 2014-15 and he soared high with 11 goals and 10 assists in 2015-16, making him Chelsea’s Player of the year.
In the first-leg of the UEFA Champions’ League Last 16 match against Barcelona, Willian led Chelsea from the front scoring one goal in February 2018.
He was denied woodwork twice within the space of eight minutes in the first half.
Willian was dropped from the Brazil squad for 2 years failing to leave any mark after two matches. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup on his home soil, Willian got hardly any chance to prove his worth playing only 150 minutes in seven matches.
He missed a penalty in the shoot-out against Chile in the round of 16 clash. Willian could not take the responsibility in the absence of Neymar as both Brazil and Willian suffered a disappointing 2016 Copa America Centenario campaign.
Willian captained Brazil in a solitary international friendly against Japan in November 2017 and brushed aside Japan by 3-1.
Willian played for Corinthians one and half years before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk in mid-2007.
In his six-year-stint at the club he notched 37 goals and 63 assists in 221 games winning twelve trophies for them.
In January 2013, he signed at Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for a 35 million Euro but only to join Chelsea seven months later at the same amount. He inspired the English giant to win two EPLs and one League Cup.