In the latest in our Q&A exclusives when we ask players to make selections based on their past, on their recent choices and what crops up time and time again, Willian tells about his earliest of early football shirts, a very regular travel destination, and why he is learning plenty of new English words. These are his first, his last and his always…
First: What was the first football kit you ever wore?
I think it was a Corinthians kit because my whole family supported Corinthians. I don’t have an exact memory but I think that it may have even been when I was born! Straightaway my father put a Corinthians kit on me.
Last: When was the last time you wore a football shirt of a team you weren’t playing for?
A long time ago, maybe more than 10 or 15 years ago. I don’t remember.
Always: What is an old football shirt you have kept?
I have many. I have shirts from Corinthians. From my first club, in my town, the name is Ribeirao Pires Futebol Clube. I have one from a small school, because a player that played in Corinthians created a school.
First: What was the first thing you eat or drunk this morning
The first thing I drunk is water and I had also had some green juice.
Last: What is the last thing you normally consume before bed?
Water as well. Maybe I eat some fruits.
Always: What do you reckon you eat most during the week?
Rice. And some protein. Vegetables.
First: What was the first movie you really liked growing up?
I don’t remember the name in English. I can tell you a bit about it. It is when the family forgot their son – who was played by Macaulay Culkin. Home Alone! That is the name.
Last: What was the last film or TV programme you watched?
Any film? It is one from Brazil and it is about two friends. It is a comedy.
Always: What have you watched most often in your life?
Sports. Always I watch football, because I like it. Even when there is a game from Brazil, a second or third division game, I like to watch it now.
First: If on a shopping trip what is the first sort of shop you would head for?
Last: The last place you would want to go?
Make-up shop! I don’t need.
Always: Where do you always try if you need to buy a present for someone close to you?
First: Where did you go on your holidays when a child?
Dubai. Or Saint Barthelemy, which is an island in the Caribbean. It is a very beautiful place to be.
Last: What it the most recent place you have visited for a break?
Always: Where do you go to most often?
Dubai! Or Brazil.
First: Can you remember the first phone you owned?
It was an LG, it was a flip phone. I liked it at the time.
Last: What was the last app you installed on your current device?
I think it was a game – Call of Duty
Always: What do you spend most time on your phone doing?
WhatsApp and Instagram
First: What was the first video game you bought?
It was Super Nintendo.
Last: What was the last video game you played?
Call of Duty – on my phone.
Always: What have you played most often?
Call of Duty. I play a lot this one. I don’t often play FIFA. I don’t like to play that kind of game but I like the ones like Call of Duty.
First: Did you pass your driving test first time?
Yes, I passed in Brazil. It is okay, it is not easy but it is okay.
Last: When was the last time you used public transport?
Oh my god! When I was young and I was 10 or 11 years old. I used buses and trains.
Always: Music you always listen to in the car.
I like Brazilian music. I like gospel music and I like hip hop as well.
First: The first time you learned English.
The first time was when I was in Ukraine, when I played for Shakhtar, around 2007 and 2008. I tried to speak with some people and I start to do lessons but I stop.
Last: What is the latest new word or phrase you learned?
I have been reading a book, because I have to do the test to get a passport, so I am reading a book with is called the Life in the UK Test. In there is a lot of difficult words and I learn a lot.
Always: What do you never get the hang of?
Now I feel good to speak English. I feel okay. But before when I arrived here and I started to speak, it was difficult and I was a little bit shy to speak. You never know what the people think about it but now I never have a problem.