5 Christian footballers to keep your eye on at the World Cup this summer

Ollie Baines focuses his attention on 5 Christian ballers who will be taking centre stage this summer, at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

1. Willian

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The Chelsea superstar will be looking to put aside a disappointing domestic season with the Blues as he prepares to aim for World Cup glory with his national side, Brazil.

Willian has largely impressed throughout and has been one of a few standout figures for Chelsea this season. The attacking midfielder is blessed with electric pace as well as an abundance of jaw-dropping skills in his locker. With all the ability in the world to set the World Cup alight, Willian is just one of a number of outstanding talents in Tite’s side who will certainly be up there as one of the favourites to lift the trophy.

The 29-year-old is also a devout Christian and has openly discussed how his walk of faith helped him through testing times throughout his life. Speaking to The Standard, Willian recalled how he had to lean upon his relationship with God to help get him through the tragic loss of his mother.

He said, “It has been the toughest season of my career. Everyone knows what happened to my mother. It was very hard to play football after my mother passed away. I was so emotional and physically I didn’t feel good. I have had so much help, firstly from God, Jesus Christ, my wife and two daughters, my dad, my sister and friends.”

It’s important to remember that footballers are also human beings. They suffer like we suffer – all the money and fame in the world can’t satisfy those hurts. As Willian continues his personal walk of faith with Jesus, it will be great to watch the Premier League star in action knowing that he is an ambassador of Christ.

Willian is one of the most talented footballers in Europe today, will he be one of Brazil’s bright sparks this summer?

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