Ramires

Ramires

Ramires Santos do Nascimento (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁaˈmiɾes ˈsɐ̃tus du nasiˈmẽtu]; born 24 March 1987), known simply as Ramires, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Chinese club Jiangsu Suning and the Brazil national team. A midfielder, he is comfortable playing in either the centre or right midfielder position. He normally plays as a box-to-box midfielder role because of his energy in supporting defensive and offensive play.

Ramires began his career playing for Royal Sport Club, at Barra do Piraí, 114 km north-west of Rio de Janeiro. In 2005, he signed for Joinville, before joining Cruzeiro, with whom he spent just over two seasons, appearing in 61 league matches and scoring 10 times. In 2009, Ramires moved to Portugal and signed for Benfica from Cruzeiro. He spent one season with Benfica in which he helped them to the Primeira Liga title and Taça da Liga. He then joined English club Chelsea in the summer of 2010 on a four-year contract, and won five different domestic and European competitions with them.

Ramires is a Brazilian international, making his debut on 6 June 2009 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Uruguay. He was in the teams which won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, as well as playing in two World Cups and the 2011 Copa América.