Chelsea winger Willian will miss his side’s Premier League clash with Leicester City following the death of his mother.
Willian, who scored for Brazil in a 2-0 win over Venezuela on Wednesday, took to social media to share a touching poem in tribute to his late mother, who lost her
two-year battle with cancer.
The 28-year-old, who revealed that his mother was suffering from the illness back in September, has tragically seen surgery and chemotherapy treatments fail to send
the disease into remission.
Acknowledging the critical condition, Willian dedicated his Brazil goal to his mother: ‘I am very happy with the goal,’ he said after the match.
‘I also scored against Venezuela in the home match. Today, I was happy to score here.
‘The goal today is for my mother, who is in hospital, for my wife, for my daughters and for all the families who cheers for me.’
Willian has been granted compassionate leave as a result, and will miss the Blues’ games with Leicester City according to Sky Sports.
The club have given their own message to the Brazilian, saying: ‘All of us at Chelsea Football Club are sending our love and deepest condolences to Willian and his family after the passing of his mother.
‘We are thinking of you Willian.’
Willian’s heartfelt poem to his mother
In the sky is your place
Where will you be now
Where do you live
Left you so much
After you left here
Because I’m so sure
It is in heaven that you are
Yeah near Jesus Christ
I’m sure it’s your place.
Because for you to be holy
You don’t need canonize
Just be the mother that was
Don’t think I’m hurt
By punishments to me data
Because between the mother and son
Always all is forgiven.
Can you believe that I’m fine
Because between the punishment and love
Did you do with that I would follow
Definitely a good way.
I miss you so much
But I still accept
Because we live together
For all eternity.
I’m still here on earth
To his teachings to be faithful
So I can like you
Also have the kingdom of heaven.
Then we’ll meet
Have detached from the earth
Dreamed of eternal life.
Willian confirmed the news via his Instagram account.