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A versatile winger-cum-forward who can play on either side, Willian was born in Ribeirão Pires in Brazil on August 9, 1988. He spent the 2006/07 campaign with Corinthians having progressed through their youth set-up but soon followed the well-worn path to Europe to join Shakhtar Donetsk.
After six years in Ukraine, Willian made a €35million switch to Anzhi Makhachkala in January 2013 but was signed by Chelsea in a £30million deal after less than eight months in Russia. The Blues' London rivals Tottenham Hotspur had also wanted Willian who elected to move to Stamford Bridge.