Valeu, Willian, pelas palavras e pela inspiração no meu futebol! tô torcendo muito pelo HEXA!! pic.twitter.com/IrTkB1Sh24— Ronaldinho Gaúcho (@10Ronaldinho) Mayo 31, 2014
Chelsea star Willian recently spoke of the need to add more ‘Samba’ to his attacking style at Stamford Bridge next season.
Since making his £32million move from Anzhi Makhachkala, the Brazilian international has only scored four goals in 42 appearances in all competitions.
There is no questioning the player’s work ethic, movement, passing ability and defensive work in the final third, but for a Brazilian playmaker, his lack of goals are of some concern for the Blues.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has called on the player to find the net more regularly next season, and Willian took his manager's comments on board by wishing to emulate his footballing idol Ronaldinho.
The former Barcelona man was the world’s best player during his stint at the Nou Camp, netting 94 goals in 207 appearances for the club and picking up two La Liga titles as well as a Champions League success in 2006.
Reaching such levels for Willian, however, is slightly far-fetched although a vote of confidence from his idol may go some way to breaking the natural Brazilian-flair shackles.
On Twitter, Ronaldinho posted a special message to Willian, saying. “Thank you, Willian, for the words and inspiration in my football.” Before referring to the HEXA gene in relation to the players’ hair type.
Chelsea’s playmaker responded in kind, hoping to use some of Ronaldinho’s inspiration to achieve something great at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
He said: “Thank you idol for the strength. I hope to have a little bit of your inspiration along with my teammates to do a great job.”