Willian recalls moment as a kid in Brazil that he realised he played with a broken foot

‘One day I played a lot, went to bed and the next day I couldn’t stand’: Willian lifts lid on life as a kid in Brazil as he recalls moment he realised he played with a broken foot

  • Chelsea winger Willian has opened up on what is was like as a kid back in Brazil
  • The Brazilian has launched a new documentary series called ‘Dream and Glories’
  • He recalls one moment he realised that he had played football with a broken foot 
  • Willian also looks back at the times he would break windows at his family home 

Nathan Salt For Mailonline

Willian has revealed as a youngster in Brazil he once played on despite breaking his foot.

The Chelsea winger has launched a new documentary series on his life entitled ‘Dream and Glories’ and the first episode focuses on his love for football growing up and how that soon shaped his future in the game.

Speaking to a former coach at his first club Corinthians, along with his father, viewers gain a better understanding of the Brazilian and are treated to a number of previously untold anecdotes. 

Chelsea winger Willian has sat down to reflect on what is was like growing up in Brazil

Chelsea winger Willian has sat down to reflect on what is was like growing up in Brazil

In a YouTube documentary series, parts of the Chelsea player's childhood are re-enacted 

In a YouTube documentary series, parts of the Chelsea player’s childhood are re-enacted 

One such tale involved Willian being unable to make it to school a day after playing football morning through until night. 

He explains: ‘One day I played a lot, went to bed and the next day I couldn’t stand. 

‘My mum came to wake me up for school and she said: “Put your feet on the ground.” I tried but I couldn’t. Then we found out I had a broken foot. 

‘Even then I kept on playing. It is all about playing football.’ 

He opens up on how he once played so much football in a day he ended up with a broken foot

He opens up on how he once played so much football in a day he ended up with a broken foot

His dad features in episode one and reflects on raising the talented Willian in a 'poor' family

His dad features in episode one and reflects on raising the talented Willian in a ‘poor’ family

Willian quickly began to make quite an impression aged six with Ribeirao Pires FC and with his passion so strong to make it ‘like those on TV’ he practiced everywhere, everyday.

His improvements did come at a cost, however, for his parents as he broke a number of windows at home as he refined his technique. 

‘It is always about football,’ Willian laughed. ‘I used to play and break windows on the house. My mum would always fix them. 

‘I would break the glass and she would fix them. She started to tape the windows with plastic bags! I would always break them and it was getting expensive.’ 

He started out at Ribeirao Pires and excelled winning different titles and scoring lots of goals

He started out at Ribeirao Pires and excelled winning different titles and scoring lots of goals

Viewers were shown the identification Willian used as a representative of Ribeirao Pires FC

Viewers were shown the identification Willian used as a representative of Ribeirao Pires FC

The 30-year-old has gone on to establish himself as a top player for club and country and is the target of a £50million player-plus-cash deal from Barcelona this month.

But growing up in Brazil, Willian’s life was restricted to far more basic means with his dad often suggesting he would ‘sell lunch to pay for dinner’, he recalls.  

‘My family was pretty poor,’ he said. 

‘My parents always worked very hard so we wouldn’t go without. We’d have food and everything.’ 

Now at Chelsea, he explained how he worked hard to become effective with his left and right

Now at Chelsea, he explained how he worked hard to become effective with his left and right

The Brazilian is the target of a £50million player-plus-cash deal from Barcelona in January

The Brazilian is the target of a £50million player-plus-cash deal from Barcelona in January

Willian has been a threat on both wings for Chelsea and has been a mainstay of the side under Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and now Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge. 

Being capable of scoring with both feet was drilled home by his dad at a young age and with his left foot weaker than his right, that soon became the focus of training as a young prodigy.  

He said: ‘When I wasn’t training, my dad would make me train.  He’d take me to the field and make me kick with my left leg. I didn’t like using my left leg, I was used to the right one.’ 


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