Willian (footballer, born 1988)
Willian Borges da Silva (born 9 August 1988), known as Willian, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a winger or as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Arsenal and the Brazil national team.
|Full name||Willian Borges da Silva|
|Date of birth||9 August 1988|
|Place of birth||Ribeirão Pires, Brazil|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Position(s)||Winger, attacking midfielder|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:00, 9 May 2021 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:39, 15 November 2019 (UTC)
Willian started his career at Corinthians, before joining Shakhtar Donetsk in August 2007 for a fee of €14 million. In his six years at the club, he won honours including four Ukrainian Premier League titles and the UEFA Cup in 2009. In 2013, he briefly signed for Anzhi Makhachkala before joining Chelsea for £30 million, winning the Premier League and League Cup in his second season in England.
Willian made his debut for Brazil in 2011 and has since represented his country at the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 2015 Copa América, the Copa América Centenario, and the 2019 Copa América, a tournament Brazil won on home soil.
In 2007, after coming through their youth system, Willian started playing for the Corinthians first team, where he wore the number 10. He made five league appearances during his first season with the senior side as Corinthians finished mid-table. His breakthrough came with Corinthians in the following campaign, featuring in 11 league matches, scoring twice, and made 29 appearances in all competitions for the club. Although they were 13th when Willian was sold, they ended up finishing 17th in the Série A and were relegated for the first time in club history.
On 23 August 2007, Willian signed a five-year contract with Shakhtar Donetsk for a transfer fee of €14 million. Willian's debut for the club came in a 2–1 league victory over Chornomorets Odesa on 15 September. He came on as a 57th-minute substitute, replacing fellow Brazilian Jádson. His first goal for the club came on 31 October in a 4–1 victory over Arsenal Kyiv in the Ukrainian Cup. He made his European debut in a 3–0 Champions League defeat to Italian side A.C. Milan on 6 November, coming on as a 73rd minute replacement for Răzvan Raț. He ended his first season with 28 total appearances, 20 of which came in the league, and 1 goal. He helped Shakhtar to a Vyshcha Liha and Ukrainian Cup double. They won the league by three points over Dynamo Kyiv and also beat them 2–0 in the Ukrainian Cup Final.
He played in the Super Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Dynamo Kyiv on 15 July, being replaced by Brandão after 46 minutes. On 27 August, he scored a goal in a 3–1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. On 1 November, he scored his first league goal for Shakhtar in a 3–1 win against Zorya Luhansk. On 16 November, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv. He scored the goal of the match in a 1–0 victory against Chornomorets Odesa on 25 April.
Willian played in Shakhtar's UEFA Cup Final 2–1 extra time victory against Werder Bremen, helping Shakhtar to lift the last UEFA Cup title before it was rebranded as the UEFA Europa League. He made 52 appearances in the 2008–09 season, scoring eight goals. He appeared in all but one league match, scoring five goals, and also netted a goal in a Ukrainian Cup round of 16 tie against Zakarpattia Uzhhorod, which Shakhtar won 4–1.
Willian's first goal of the season came in a 6–1 Ukrainian Cup round of 32 victory against Dniester Ovidiopol on 15 August. He made an appearance in Shakhtar's 1–0 extra time defeat to Spanish side Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup on 28 August, being replaced by Julius Aghahowa in the 90th minute of the match. On 17 September, he netted the second goal in a 4–1 win against Belgian side Club Brugge in a group stage match in the Europa League. He ended the season with 7 goals in 39 appearances, including 22 appearances and five goals in the league. He helped Shakhtar to victory in the Ukrainian Premier League. They finished the league with 77 points, six ahead of nearest rivals Dynamo Kyiv.
Willian started the season with a goal in Shakhtar's emphatic 7–1 victory against Tavriya Simferopol in the Super Cup on 4 July. He followed that up on 10 July with the second goal in the first league match of the season, a 2–0 victory over Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih. On 15 August, he netted the only goal in a 1–0 victory against Karpaty Lviv, scoring in first half stoppage time. He also scored the only goal in a 1–0 win against Illichivets Mariupol on 29 August. On 8 March, he scored two goals in a Champions League last 16 tie against Roma, with Shakhtar winning 3–0 on the night and progressing to the quarter-final after winning 6–2 on aggregate. He played in the 2–0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukrainian Cup Final on 25 May, being replaced by Alex Teixeira after 77 minutes. He ended the season with eight goals from 43 appearances, including 23 league appearances and three league goals. Shakhtar retained their league title with a score of 72 points, seven points ahead of second placed team, Dynamo Kyiv. They added the Ukrainian Cup and Super Cup titles to clinch a domestic treble.
The following season, Willian played the full 90 minutes in the Super Cup match against Dynamo Kyiv on 5 July, however Shakhtar lost the match 3–1. On 19 October, he scored the opening goal in a 2–2 draw with Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Champions League. He scored the second goal in a 2–1 win over Illichivets Mariupol on 10 March. On 6 May, he played the full match in a 2–1 extra time victory against Metalurh Donetsk in the Ukrainian Cup Final. He finished the season with six goals, five in the league, from 37 appearances, 27 of which came in the league. Shakhtar secured the Ukrainian Premier League title for the third year in a row and the Ukrainian Cup title for a second time in a row.
Shakhtar opened the season with a 2–0 win against Metalurh Donetsk in the Super Cup, however Willian failed to make the squad for the match. He had to wait until the fourth league match of the season, on 6 August, before making his first appearance of the season in a 4–0 win against Volyn Lutsk. He replaced goalscorer Alex Teixeira after 46 minutes. On 19 August, he scored his first goal and made two assists in a comprehensive 5–1 victory against Chornomorets Odesa. Willian scored both of Shakhtar's goals in their 3–2 loss against European champions Chelsea in the group stage of the Champions League on 7 November.
On 31 January 2013, Willian moved to Anzhi Makhachkala for a fee thought to be in the region of €35 million. He originally chose to wear the number 10, however due to UEFA restrictions that states a player must wear a number used in the Champions League for the remainder of the season, he was forced to wear the number 88 he had chosen at Shakhtar. After moving to Russia, Willian said he was happy to join Anzhi and wished Shakhtar Donetsk great success in the future. On his debut, Willian sustained an injury against Newcastle United in a Europa League match. He scored his only Anzhi goal on 14 April 2013 in a 3–0 victory against Volga Nizhny Novgorod.
On 25 August 2013, English Premier League club Chelsea agreed a deal to sign Willian for a fee of £30 million, subject to a work permit hearing on 28 August 2013. The deal was made official on 28 August 2013 and Willian signed a five-year contract, receiving the number 22 shirt. Although regulations usually state that non-EU players must be regular internationals, Willian was given a work permit despite only having two caps at the time, as an FA panel deemed that if were he not Brazilian he would have been a regular international and therefore would have had more caps.
Prior to signing for Chelsea, Willian had attracted interest from Chelsea's London rivals Tottenham. He completed a medical at Tottenham before meeting with Chelsea, which caused confusion as to which club he would sign for. Willian claims Chelsea was his first preference and he would have only signed at Tottenham if the deal with Chelsea fell through.
Willian made his debut on 18 September against Basel in the Champions League in a 1–2 home defeat. After featuring in wins against Swindon Town and Steaua București in the League Cup and Champions League respectively, he made his league debut on 6 October away to Norwich City, and scored in a 3–1 win. He scored his second Chelsea goal on 1 January 2014 in a 3–0 victory at Southampton. On 27 April 2014, Willian scored in Chelsea's 2–0 away victory against Liverpool.
Willian scored his first goal of the new Premier League season in a 3–0 win over Aston Villa on 27 September. On 25 November, he scored his first Champions League goal for the club in a group stage match against Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen.
In extra time in a League Cup semi-final against Liverpool on 28 January 2015, he took the free-kick which was headed in by Branislav Ivanović to put Chelsea into the final. On 1 March, Willian was selected to start against Tottenham in the 2015 League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, a match which Chelsea won 2–0 to win the trophy for the fifth time.
Willian ended the 2014–15 season having appeared in 36 of Chelsea's 38 league matches as the club won its fifth league title.
On 16 September, Willian scored directly from a free kick to open the scoring as Chelsea defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv in the club's first game of the Champions League group stage. He went on to score from free kicks in the team's next three matches; Premier League matches against Newcastle United and Southampton and a 2–1 loss at Porto in the Champions League. On 4 November, Willian scored his fifth free-kick of the season to give Chelsea a 2–1 win over Dynamo Kyiv, and 20 days later he recorded a sixth in a 4–0 triumph at Maccabi, making him Europe's top free-kick scorer of the season.
On 9 December, Willian scored his fifth Champions League goal of the season in a 2–0 victory over Porto in Chelsea's final group match, ensuring the team qualified for the knockout stage as group winners. He was subsequently named by UEFA as one of the top XI players of the Champions League group stage.
On 13 May 2016, Willian was named Chelsea's Fans' Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year for 2015–16.
On 12 July 2016, Willian signed a new four-year contract. On 27 August 2016, he scored his first goal of the season in a 3–0 win over newly promoted Burnley.
On his 200th appearance for Chelsea, Willian scored twice and won two penalties as the Blues beat Qarabağ 4–0 at Baku National Stadium on 22 November. The win guaranteed the team progression into the knockout stages of the Champions League. In his next appearance, Willian came off the bench to score his first Premier League goal of the season, to rescue a point for Chelsea in a 1–1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.
Willian scored his first goal of the season, coming off the bench to complete a 4–1 come-from-behind win at home to Cardiff City on 15 September. Prior to this, he had won a penalty that Eden Hazard converted for his hat trick. On 27 January, Willian, on his 550th club appearance, netted a brace in a 3–0 home win against Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The first goal was his 50th for Chelsea.
In August 2019, Willian became Chelsea's new number 10 for 2019–20 season, taking over from Eden Hazard. He scored his first goal of the season in a 2–0 home league win over Brighton & Hove Albion on 28 September. In the next fixture, Willian scored the winning goal on his 300th Chelsea appearance, a 2–1 away win against Lille in the Champions League. He scored a double to beat Tottenham 2–0 away from home on 22 December.
Willian scored twice in a 2–3 league defeat to West Ham United on 1 July 2020. In doing so, Willian became the first player to score a Premier League goal in every calendar month. He scored in his third consecutive game from the penalty spot in Chelsea's next league match, a 3–0 win over Watford; the goal meant Willian had scored nine league goals which was his highest league total in a Chelsea shirt.
On 14 August 2020, Willian signed for Premier League club Arsenal on a three-year contract. On 12 September, Willian made his debut for the club against Fulham, recording two assists, as Arsenal won 3–0. On 28 February 2021, Willian registered an assist in a 3–1 win over Leicester City in the Premier League, which was his first goal/assist contribution in the league for Arsenal since November 2020. On 9 May 2021, Willian scored his first goal for Arsenal in a 3–1 home league win over West Bromwich Albion, sealing the Baggies' relegation to the EFL Championship.
As a member of the under-20 Brazil team, Willian made his debut in the 2007 South American Youth Championship against Chile on 7 January 2007, which Brazil went on to win. In 2007, he was also selected for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, but Brazil were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Spain.
On 10 November 2011, Willian made his senior debut for Brazil in a friendly match against Gabon. On 16 November 2013, he scored his first international goal in a 5–0 win over Honduras in Miami, Florida.
On 7 May 2014, Willian was selected as part of the 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He came on at half-time in extra time of the round of 16 match against Chile in Belo Horizonte for his Chelsea teammate Oscar, and took a penalty in the shootout which he put wide of the goal, although Brazil nonetheless advanced.
Style of play
This section contains content that is written like an advertisement. (November 2020)
A fast, agile, and technically gifted player, Willian is known for his quick feet, acceleration, and explosive style of play, which allows him to dribble past opponents at speed whilst keeping close control of the ball; in typical Brazilian style, he has also been known to pull off feints and tricks, such as the elastico, in order to confuse and beat defenders. He primarily plays as a winger, and his high stamina, vision and creativity enables him to link-up play between the deeper midfielders and the forwards, and create goalscoring chances. During the 2015–16 season, while at Chelsea, he showed his prowess at direct free-kicks, with almost all his goals coming from set pieces. He improved the statistics of his attacking game, which led many to call him Chelsea's top performer of the season.
Willian is Afro-Brazilian and is married to Vanessa Martins. They have twin daughters, Valentina and Manuella. Like many Brazilian footballers, Willian is a devout Christian.
In April 2016, Willian was named in the Panama Papers.
On 13 October 2016, Willian's mother, Dona Zezé, died at the age of 57. During the game against the Premier League champions, Leicester City, his teammates Diego Costa and Eden Hazard dedicated their goals to Willian and his mother. Along with his teammates, his manager, Antonio Conte also dedicated their victory to Willian and his family.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||2007–08||Vyshcha Liha||20||0||6||1||—||2||0||—||28||1|
|2008–09||Ukrainian Premier League||29||5||5||1||—||17||2||1||0||52||8|
|2009–10||Ukrainian Premier League||22||5||4||1||—||12||1||1||0||39||7|
|2010–11||Ukrainian Premier League||28||3||4||2||—||10||2||1||1||43||8|
|2011–12||Ukrainian Premier League||27||5||3||0||—||6||1||1||0||37||6|
|2012–13||Ukrainian Premier League||14||2||2||1||—||6||4||0||0||22||7|
|Anzhi Makhachkala||2012–13||Russian Premier League||7||1||3||0||—||3||0||—||13||1|
|2013–14||Russian Premier League||4||0||0||0||—||0||0||—||4||0|
- Includes Copa do Brasil, Ukrainian Cup, Russian Cup, FA Cup
- Includes Football League/EFL Cup
- Appearances in Campeonato Paulista
- Appearances in UEFA Champions League
- Eight appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, nine appearances in UEFA Cup
- Appearance in Ukrainian Super Cup
- Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, ten appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
- Appearance in UEFA Super Cup
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- Appearance in FA Community Shield
- As of match played 15 November 2019. Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Willian goal.
|1||16 November 2013||Sun Life Stadium, Miami, United States||Honduras||4–0||5–0||Friendly|
|2||3 June 2014||Estádio Serra Dourada, Goiânia, Brazil||Panama||4–0||4–0|
|3||9 September 2014||MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, United States||Ecuador||1–0||1–0|
|4||12 November 2014||Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey||Turkey||3–0||4–0|
|5||13 October 2015||Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil||Venezuela||1–0||3–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7||11 October 2016||Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida, Mérida, Venezuela||2–0||2–0|
|8||5 September 2017||Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia||Colombia||1–0||1–1|
|9||22 June 2019||Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brazil||Peru||5–0||5–0||2019 Copa América|
- Vyshcha Liha/Ukrainian Premier League: 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Ukrainian Cup: 2007–08, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Ukrainian Super Cup: 2008, 2010
- UEFA Cup: 2008–09
- Premier League: 2014–15, 2016–17
- FA Cup: 2017–18; runner-up: 2016–17
- Football League/EFL Cup: 2014–15; runner-up: 2018–19
- UEFA Europa League: 2018–19
- Ukrainian Premier League Best Player: 2010–11
- UEFA Champions League Team of the Group stage: 2015–16
- Chelsea Player of the Year: 2015–16
- Chelsea Players' Player of the Year: 2015–16, 2017–18
- Premier League Goal of the Month: January 2018
- Chelsea Goal of the Season: 2017–18
- "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: List of Players: Brazil" (PDF). FIFA. 15 July 2018. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2019.
- "Willian". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
- "Willian: Profile". worldfootball.net. HEIM:SPIEL. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
- "Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2007". o Gol (in Portuguese).
- "Corinthians fecha ano trágico com o rebaixamento à segunda divisão". Esporte (in Portuguese). 2 December 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- Office, FC Shakhtar Press. "FC Shakhtar signed Willian".
- "Shakhtar vs AC Milan 0–3". 21 September 2012.
- "Ukraine 2007/08". Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Dynamo 1–1". 21 September 2012.
- "Dinamo Zagreb vs Shakhtar 1–3". 21 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Zorya 3–1". Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Dynamo 1–0". Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Chornomorets". Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Werder Bremen 2–1". Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "Odesa vs Shakhtar 1–6". Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Barcelona vs Shakhtar 1–0". Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Club Brugge vs Shakhtar 1–4". Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Ukraine 2009/10". Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Tavriya 7–1". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Kryvbas". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Karpaty 1–0". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Illichivets 1–0". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Roma: match report". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Dynamo vs Shakhtar 0–2". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Ukraine 2010/11". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Dynamo 1–3". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Zenit 2–2". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Illichivets vs Shakhtar". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Metalurh Donetsk vs Shakhtar 1–2". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Ukraine 2011/12". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Metalurh Donetsk vs Shakhtar 0–2". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Volyn vs Shakhtar 0–4". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Chornomorets vs Shakhtar 1–5". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Chelsea 3–2 Shakhtar Donetsk". ESPN FC. 7 November 2012.
- "Chelsea miss out on Willian as Anzhi close in on deal". Metro. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- "Anzhi signs Willian from Shakhtar". Fox Sports. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- Виллиан выбрал номера 10 и 88 (in Russian). FC Anzhi Makhachkala. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.[permanent dead link]
- "Willian delighted to sign for Anzhi Makhachkala". Goal.com. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Tottenham and Chelsea transfer target Willian poised for bargain move as Anzhi slash budget". Daily Mirror. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- "Willian: Chelsea confirm deal for Brazil midfielder". BBC Sport. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Willian transfer completed". Chelsea F.C. 28 August 2013. Archived from the original on 28 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- Sheen, Tom (29 August 2014). "Marcos Rojo: Why is it taking so long for Manchester United to get a work permit?". The Independent. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- Steinberg, Jacob; Hytner, David (23 August 2013). "Tottenham express outrage after Chelsea hijack Willian transfer". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
- "Willian reveals secrets of Tottenham transfer saga: 'I was stuck in their office for 8 hours'". Eurosport. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
- "Chelsea 1–2 Basel" BBC Sport. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- "Norwich City 1–3 Chelsea" BBC Sport. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- "Match day results". Premier League. 5 October 2013.
- " BBC Sport. 1 January 2014 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
- "Match Report: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2". Chelsea F.C. 27 April 2014. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- Chowdhury, Saj (27 September 2014). "Chelsea 3–0 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
- "Schalke 0–5 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 25 November 2014.
- McNulty, Phil (27 January 2015). "Chelsea 1–0 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
- "Terry drives Chelsea to Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham". The Guardian. 2 March 2015.
- "22 Willian". Premier League. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
- Cryer, Andy. "Chelsea 4–0 Maccabi Tel Aviv". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
- "Chelsea's Willian scores a ridiculous free kick in his fourth consecutive game". USA Today. 3 October 2015.
- "Willian's stunning free-kick clinches victory for Chelsea against Dynamo Kyiv". The Guardian. 5 November 2015.
- Rose, Gary (24 November 2015). "M'bi Tel Aviv 0–4 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
- "Champions League team of the group stage – UEFA Champions League – News – UEFA". UEFA.
- "Willian at the double". Chelsea F.C. 13 May 2016.
- "Willian: Chelsea midfielder signs new four-year contract". BBC Sport. 12 July 2016.
- "Chelsea 3–0 Burnley". BBC Sport. 27 August 2016.
- "Chelsea 4–2 Tottenham". BBC Sport. 22 April 2017.
- "Chelsea endure sleepless night after 4–0 win at Qarabag as Antonio Conte fumes at schedule of Liverpool clash". The Independent. 22 November 2017.
- "Liverpool denied victory over Chelsea after Willian's late equaliser". The Guardian. 25 November 2017.
- "Eden Hazard hat-trick sees Chelsea go top of Premier League ladder". TVNZ. 16 September 2018.
- "Chelsea 3 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Bayern target Hudson-Odoi nets on Higuain debut". Goal.com. 28 January 2019.
- "Premier League news: Willian replaces Eden Hazard as Chelsea No.10". Goal.com. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
- "Chelsea 2–0 Brighton: Jorginho and Willian on target as Blues seal hard-fought win". London Evening Standard. 28 September 2019.
- "Willian, that was really something – Brazilian boosts Blues beyond Lille". East Lothian Courier. 2 October 2019.
- "Tottenham Hotspur 0–2 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 23 December 2019.
- "Calendar Man – Willian is first to score Premier League goal in every month of the year". Chelsea F.C. 2 July 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
- "Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says his team will have to get used to added pressure during a nervy Premier League run-in after they beat Watford on Saturday". BBC Sport. 4 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
- "A OPEN LETTER TO THE FANS OF @ChelseaFC". 9 August 2020 – via Twitter.[non-primary source needed]
- "Welcome Willian! | Brazil forward joins Arsenal". Arsenal F.C. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
- "Premier League Player Stats - Assists".
- "Willian dazzles on his debut as sparkling Arsenal show Fulham no mercy". The Guardian. 12 September 2020.
- Smith, George (1 March 2021). "National media heap praise on Arsenal and Nicolas Pepe after Leicester triumph". Football.London. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
- Wheatley, Chris (28 February 2021). "Mikel Arteta's persistence with Willian finally comes good". Football.London. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
- Bysouth, Alex (9 May 2021). "Arsenal 3-1 West Bromwich Albion: Baggies relegated after defeat". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
- "Willian – UEFA". Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "Gabon 0 Brazil 2". Goal.com. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "A second half onslaught gave Brazil a fine 5–0 friendly victory over Honduras". Eurosport. 17 November 2013.
- World Cup 2014: Kaka and Robinho omitted from Brazil squad; BBC Sport, 7 May 2014
- Ornstein, David (28 June 2014). "Brazil 1–1 Chile". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Brazil 2–1 Venezuela: Thiago Silva and Firmino seal top spot". Goal.com. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
- "Dunga convoca Seleção para a Copa América com 7 jogadores olímpicos" [Dunga calls up Seleção to the Copa América with seven Olympic players]. Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). 5 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- "World Cup: Neymar named in Brazil's 23-man squad". BBC Sport. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
- "Willian está convocado para a Copa América 2019". Brazilian Football Confederation. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
- Cox, Michael (3 February 2014). "Chelsea prove that speed is key in modern football". ESPN FC. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- Daly, Jim. "Forget Eden Hazard – is Willian actually Chelsea's most skillful player?". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
- "Arsenal v Chelsea – player ratings". Eurosport. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- Giles, Will (12 November 2014). "Willian beats two defenders with incredible 'elastico' skill during Brazil v Turkey". Metro. UK. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- Stratmann, Edward (9 December 2015). "Willian: Chelsea's shining light in a season of darkness". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "Willian". Chelsea F.C. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- Lewis, Darren (6 November 2015). "Chelsea winger Willian happy to shoulder burden as Jose Mourinho looks to solve Chelsea crisis". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "Willian's free-kick record for Chelsea is the best in Europe". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
- Hayes, Garry. "Ranking Chelsea's Top 5 Players for 2015". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
- "(WAG Gallery) Meet Vanessa Martins The Beautiful Wife of Chelsea Star Willian".
- "willianborges88".[non-primary source needed]
- Baines, Ollie (6 June 2018). "5 Christian footballers to keep your eye on at the World Cup this summer". X the Line. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- "From Kubrick to Cowell: Panama Papers expose offshore dealings of the stars". The Guardian. 6 April 2016.
- "Chelsea vs Leicester: Diego Costa dedicates goal to Willian's mother with 'W' gesture". The Independent. 15 October 2016.
- "Conference Call: A win for Willian". Chelsea F.C. 15 October 2016.
- "Chelsea's David Luiz and Willian host football stars for restaurant opening". ESPN. 26 April 2018.
- Willian at Soccerway. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
- "Willian". NFT. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
- "2008/09, Final: Shakhtar Donetsk 2–1 Bremen: Overview". UEFA. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
- "Willian: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
- McNulty, Phil (19 May 2018). "Chelsea 1–0 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- McNulty, Phil (27 May 2017). "Arsenal 2–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- McNulty, Phil (1 March 2015). "Chelsea 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- McNulty, Phil (24 February 2019). "Chelsea 0–0 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- Bevan, Chris (29 May 2019). "Chelsea 4–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- "Brazil 3–1 Peru". BBC Sport. 7 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
- "Named the winners of the 2010/2011 season!". Ukrainian Premier League. 22 June 2011. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
- "Champions League team of the group stage". UEFA. 15 December 2015.
- "Willian at the double". Chelsea F.C. 13 May 2016.
- "Annual Awards 2018 – Kante is no.1". Chelsea F.C. Archived from the original on 24 July 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
- "Willian claims January Carling Goal of the Month". Premier League. Archived from the original on 16 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
- "Annual Awards 2018 – Kante is no.1". Chelsea F.C. Archived from the original on 24 July 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.