It has been an impressive debut season for Chelsea star Willian, as his strong performances in the Premier League have earned him a spot in Brazil’s 23-man World Cup squad.
The 25-year-old Brazilian was linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur last summer, before opting to join the Blues in a £32million deal from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
Rather unfairly, Willian was put under immediate pressure to perform as his spot in the Chelsea first-team was at the expense of former Player of the Year and fans' favourite Juan Mata.
Boss Jose Mourinho seemingly preferred Willian over Spanish international Mata for his excellent defensive capabilities and work-rate in the final third, and fans soon warmed to the Brazilian when his impact on the side became evident.
Over the season, Willian maintained his high performance standards. However, as a goal-threat, the play-maker has been a level below fellow Chelsea attacking midfielders Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle and Oscar – scoring only four goals all season.
Willian has already admitted that he is looking to add more Samba to his game next season, referring to being more flamboyant in the final and creating more goals for the team.
One Brazilian superstar who set the world alight on numerous occasions with his flamboyant style was former Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho, and Willian revealed in an interview this weekend that the-now Atletico MG star will forever be his idol both on and off the pitch.
“For me, I really like his style of play, whether he is playing at Atletico MG or any other team," he said in an interview reported by globoesporte.com.
"People say that Ronaldinho is not the same, but he will always be my idol for what he has achieved in football. I also like his style, with his outfits and baseball caps.”