Walter (footballer, born 1989)
Walter playing with Fluminense in 2014
|Full name||Walter Henrique da Silva|
|Date of birth||22 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Recife, Brazil|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2012||→ Cruzeiro (loan)||8||(2)|
|2012–2013||→ Goiás (loan)||74||(40)|
|2014||→ Fluminense (loan)||44||(8)|
|2015–2016||→ Atlético Paranaense (loan)||59||(13)|
|2016–2017||→ Goiás (loan)||15||(3)|
|2017||→ Atlético Goianiense (loan)||25||(5)|
|2018||→ Paysandu (loan)||8||(1)|
|2018||→ CSA (loan)||15||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2018|
Born in Recife, Pernambuco, Walter was the youngest of six siblings born to his mother Edith, all the four males' names starting with the letter "W" (himself, Waldemir, Waldex and Wandeork). During his childhood, he viewed the dead bodies of two people who had just been murdered inside a bus, including that of his brother Waldemir at the age of 18 due to gang-related issues.
Walter started his career with Sport Club do Recife, finishing his youth development at Sport Club Internacional after joining its junior team in 2007. He made his professional debut two years later.
In August 2010, Walter joined FC Porto from Portugal, signing a five-year contract. The Primeira Liga club acquired the player's registration rights and 75% of his economic rights from Uruguayan side C.A. Rentistas for €6 million, and later sold 25% to Pearl Design Holding Ltd. (a UK shell company, directed by Mário Jorge Queiroz e Castro) for €2.125 million; Sport Club Internacional announced in its annual accounts that the club had received R$9,192,000 in transfer fee (around €4 million), but part of that was re-distributed to third parties for R$1,980,033– it was also reported that the side owned 50% of the player's economic rights, with the other half belonging to third parties.
Walter played his first official game for Porto on 19 August 2010 in a UEFA Europa League play-off round against K.R.C. Genk, featuring eight minutes in a 3–0 away win. On 16 October 2010 he made his first start, scoring a hat-trick against A.D. Os Limianos for the season's Portuguese Cup, in a 4–1 home success; the following month, again as a starter, he netted his first league goal, at home against Portimonense SC (2–0).
Walter spent the vast majority of his first season as a backup to Radamel Falcao, but managed to finish with ten goals all competitions comprised in 25 appearances. On 15 October 2011 he scored four in a domestic cup match against C.A. Pêro Pinheiro, in an 8–0 away win.
In August 2018, while at the service of Centro Sportivo Alagoano, Walter was arrested at his home in Maceió, after allegedly pointing a toy gun to an Eletrobras employee. On 11 December, he tested positive for furosemide and sibutramine metabolites after a match against Grêmio Esportivo Brasil, being suspended until further notice. The banned substances were found in prescription drugs he had been taking to fight his obesity problem.
Walter played with Brazil under-20s in the 2009 South American Championship. He scored five goals in the tournament held in Venezuela, being crowned top scorer as the national team won their tenth title in the category.
- As of 14 August 2016
- Alliatti, Alexandre (24 October 2013). "Perfil: a insustentável leveza de ser Walter, um sobrevivente" [Profile: the unbearable lightness of being Walter, a survivor] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
- "De saída do Atlético-GO, Walter revela: "Meu sonho é jogar no Sport"" [Leaving Atlético-GO, Walter reveals: "I dream of playing for Sport"] (in Portuguese). Futebol Interior. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
- "Walter sofre torção no joelho e pode parar por seis meses" [Walter suffers knee sprain and may stop for six months] (in Portuguese). Clic RBS. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
- Duff, Alex; Panja, Tariq (31 January 2012). "European soccer ruling body asks U.K. to probe funding of Porto purchases". Bloomberg. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
- "FC Porto group consolidated annual report 2009/2010" (PDF). FC Porto. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
- "Relatório da diretoria 2010" [Directory report 2010] (PDF) (in Portuguese). SC Internacional. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
- "Investidores preferem Walter em Portugal" [Investors prefer Walter in Portugal]. Zero Hora (in Portuguese). 12 July 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
- "FC Porto vence Genk por 3–0 e fica muito perto da fase de grupos" [FC Porto beat Genk 3–0 and have all but reached the group stage] (in Portuguese). TSF. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- "Portuguese Cup: big fish through to fourth round". PortuGOAL. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- "Gaitan brings smiles back to Benfica". PortuGOAL. 14 November 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- "Dragão festeja com champanhe sem gás" [Dragon celebrates with sparkless champagne]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 20 December 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- "Walter: "O meu negócio é comida mesmo"" [Walter: "I really do like food"]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 19 January 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- "Walter scores four as Alex Sandro debuts for FC Porto". SambaFoot. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
- "Walter continua no Goiás" [Walter remains at Goiás] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- Malia, José Roberto (7 February 2014). "Rechonchudo Walter, 99 quilos, chamariz do Fluminense contra Urubu. Um reforço de peso?" [Chubby Walter, 99 kilos, Fluminense gimmick against Urubu. A bulky addition?] (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- "FC Porto volta a emprestar Walter" [FC Porto loan Walter again] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- "Walter: problemas de peso assombram o atacante há quase 10 anos no futebol" [Walter: weight problems have haunted the forward for nearly 10 years in football] (in Portuguese). Goal. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- Andrade, Bruno (20 March 2018). "Walter fala sobre o peso: "Uns têm problemas com drogas, bebida e doping..."" [Walter talks about his weight: "Some have problems with drugs, booze and doping..."]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- "Walter é preso em Maceió por mostrar arma de brinquedo a funcionário da Eletrobras" [Walter is arrested in Maceió after pointing a gun to an Eletrobras employee] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
- "Atacante Walter é pego no exame antidoping e está suspenso preventivamente" [Forward Walter fails antidoping test and is suspended provisionally] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- "Colorado Walter fica entre artilheiros do Sul-Americano Sub-20" [Crowned Walter ranks amongst Under-20 South American top scorers] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- "Walter". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Includes Copa Libertadores, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- "Seleção do Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2013" [Best eleven of 2013 Brazilian League] (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2017.