Ramires in 2010
|Full name||Ramires Santos do Nascimento|
|Date of birth||24 March 1987|
|Place of birth||Barra do Piraí, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder / Winger|
|2004–2005||Royal Sport Club|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:24, 11 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Ramires Santos do Nascimento (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁaˈmiɾes ˈsɐ̃tus du nasiˈmẽtu]) (born 24 March 1987 in Barra do Piraí, Rio de Janeiro), commonly known as Ramires, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Chelsea and the Brazilian national team. A midfielder, he is comfortable in either the centre or the right of midfield. He has also been deployed as a defensive midfielder playing a box-to-box midfielder role because of his energy in supporting defensive and offensive play. His attacking and defensive mentality have lead to comparisons to Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.
Ramires began his career playing for Royal Sport Club. In 2005, he signed for Joinville, before joining Cruzeiro, whom he spent just over two seasons with appearing in 61 league matches and scoring 10 times. In 2009, Ramires moved to Portugal and signed for SL Benfica from Cruzeiro. He spent one season with Benfica in which he helped them to the Liga Sagres title, five points clear of second place Braga. He then joined English club Chelsea in the summer of 2010 on a four-year contract. He made his Chelsea debut in a 2–0 win against Stoke in late August 2010 and scored his first goal in a 4–0 victory against Bolton.
Ramires is a Brazilian international. He made his Brazil debut on 6 June 2009, in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Uruguay. He represented the Brazilian national team for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Ramires represented his country at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China and won a Bronze medal.
Club career 
In January 2008 Ramires agreed to a five-year deal with Cruzeiro in a permanent move from Joinville for a fee of $300,000 following a loan period, giving Cruzeiro 70% of the players' economic rights. Joinville kept 30% in the event of any transfers in the future. He was referred to by the fans and media during his time there as the "Queniano Azul", or "Blue Kenyan", due to Cruzeiro's blue kit and his endurance, which was considered reminiscent of Kenyan runners, who are famous for winning many Brazilian running marathons.
On 21 May 2009, Ramires joined Portuguese club Sport Lisboa e Benfica for €7.5 million on a five-year contract with a minimum fee release of €30 million. Ramires starred as an important player for Benfica throughout the season as the Portuguese giants won the league title after a five-year wait. Ramires in his first and only season with Benfica also won the Taça da Liga beating FC Porto 3–0. In June 2010, Benfica sold 50% of the economic rights to Ramires to Jazzy Limited for €6 million, which the director of that UK company was Kia Joorabchian.
On 4 August 2010, Benfica announced they had agreed a deal with English Premier League champions Chelsea and his third-party owner for €22 million. Ramires completed his move to Chelsea on 13 August 2010, on a four-year contract. He was handed the number 7 shirt, previously worn by Ukrainian international Andriy Shevchenko.
2010–11 season 
He made his debut on 28 August 2010 against Stoke City, coming on as a substitute in the 84th minute, replacing Michael Essien; Chelsea won the game 2–0. On 11 September 2010, he made his full Premier League debut, starting against West Ham United at Upton Park, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 win. He started in Chelsea's 2–0 win over Arsenal on 3 October 2010, winning possession and then putting Ashley Cole through to cross to Didier Drogba for Chelsea's first goal.
He started in Chelsea's 1–0 win over Bolton Wanderers on 29 December 2010, where his performance was praised and was known to have his best game with Chelsea to date, where he made several runs forward and strong tackles winning the balls several times in the midfield. On Chelsea's return fixture at Bolton Wanderers, Ramires scored his first goal as a Chelsea player in a 4–0 victory at Reebok Stadium. On 15 January 2011, he played the full 90 minutes against Blackburn Rovers in a 2–0 win at Stamford Bridge. On 1 March 2011, he started and played the full 90 minutes in the 2–1 league win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
On 20 March 2011, Ramires scored his second Premier League goal in a 2–0 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, he scored alongside fellow Brazilian David Luiz and made a superb individual effort dribbling past three Manchester City defenders and scoring past Joe Hart in the top-left corner, which gained him goal of the season for Chelsea. Recent performances have garnered him a fan favourite amongst Chelsea fans, and the nickname "Rambo," due to his tendency to destroy the opposition one by one. He also has the nickname Ray Mears for the way he goes venturing into the oppositions half and the similarity it has with his name. On 12 April, he received a second yellow card for a challenge on Nani against Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford. On 8 May, Ramires came on as a second-half substitute for Mikel John Obi against Manchester United at Old Trafford in a 2–1 defeat, which effectively gave their rivals the title. At the end of the campaign, he made 41 appearances and scored two goals for Chelsea in all competitions.
2011–12 season 
On 24 September 2011, Ramires scored two goals in a 4–1 victory over Swansea City. He then scored a goal against Everton, sliding it in from a Juan Mata cross. He suffered a knee injury shortly after, however, but the game ended 3–1 in Chelsea's favour. This appearance was his 50th for the club. On 1 November 2011, Ramires scored his first Champions League goal for Chelsea against Racing Genk.
Ramires scored his fifth goal of the season in a decisive Champions League encounter against Spanish side Valencia. The final score was 3–0 in favour of Chelsea. He scored his sixth goal of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 2–1 away win, lifting the ball from a tight position into the top left corner of the goalpost leaving Wolves' goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey beaten. On 8 January 2012, Ramires scored his seventh and eighth goals of the 2011–12 season against Portsmouth, beating his personal record of goals in a season. On 28 January, Ramires was stretchered off in the fourth round tie of the FA Cup against Queens Park Rangers. Two hours later, former Chelsea coach André Villas-Boas revealed that the Brazilian would be out for three to four weeks.
On 5 March 2012, Ramires signed a new five-year contract, keeping him at Chelsea until 2017. Ramires also scored against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup Semi final, helping his team beat their rivals 5–1 on the day, and progressing to the final in which they beat Liverpool 2–1.
On 18 April, Ramires took a pass from Frank Lampard and setup Didier Drogba's extra time goal in the Chelsea's 1–0 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of the Champion's League semi-finals at Stamford Bridge. Ramires, already booked during the first leg, received a yellow card in the second leg at Nou Camp which would rule him out of the final. In a performance compared to Roy Keane (who scored to inspire his team to a comeback victory in the 1999 champions league semi-finals despite already being suspended for the final with accumulated bookings), Ramires scored a fantastic lobbed shot over Víctor Valdés to help send Chelsea through to the final of the UEFA Champions League (assisted by Lampard, won the award for Chelsea goal of the season) as his goal leveled the aggregate score at 2–2 while putting Chelsea ahead on away goals. Chelsea teammate Fernando Torres added another goal in stoppage time to give Chelsea a 3–2 victory on aggregate and spot in the final with Bayern Munich in the final on 19 May. Unfortunately, he was not able to play in the final as he had accumulated yellow cards in the competition.
On 5 May, Ramires took a pass from Juan Mata and scored at Pepe Reina's near post against Liverpool F.C in the FA Cup Final, helping Chelsea to a 2–1 victory with the help of a second strike from Didier Drogba. Ramires later scored his 5th Premier League goal against Liverpool at Anfield, however Chelsea went on to lose the game 4–1.
He ended a personally successful season by being nominated for the Chelsea Player of the Year award, but lost out to Juan Mata. He did though win the Players' Player of the year Award and Goal of the Year award for his chip against Barcelona, his second successive win, while notching up 12 goals, 9 assists and 4,081 minutes in 47 official appearances.
2012–13 season 
Ramires played all of the FA Community Shield and assisted Fernando Torres for the opener and filled in for Branislav Ivanovic at right back after he was sent off for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov. He scored his first goal of the season against Nordsjaelland in the Champions League in a 4–0 away win, along with David Luiz and two from playmaker Juan Mata. Next, he scored in a 3–2 defeat against Manchester United on 28 October 2012. He scored again against Manchester United in Chelsea's next match on 31 October 2012 as Chelsea overcame Manchester United 5–4 to progress into the quarter finals of the League Cup. On 23 December 2012, Ramires came in as a substitute for Frank Lampard and scored two goals in the last fifteen minutes against Aston Villa, finishing off an impressive 8-0 victory.
On 10 March 2013, Ramires scored yet another goal against Manchester United, the equaliser in a 2–2 draw at Old Trafford in the FA Cup Sixth Round. In Chelsea's second to last Premier League game of the season away to Aston Villa, Ramires picked up two yellow cards in the first half and was sent off; Chelsea went on to win the game 2-1 thanks to two goals from Frank Lampard, who set the goal-scoring record at the club with his second strike, and secured Champions League football for the 2013-14 campaign. Ramires's final appearance of the season came in the Europa League final against former club Benfica as Chelsea won 2-1, thus becoming the first team to hold the Champions League and Europa League trophies at the same time.
International career 
On 21 July 2008, Ramires was named the replacement for Robinho on the Brazil U-23 team for the 2008 Summer Olympics at Beijing. He appeared four times at the Olympics, as Brazil went on to achieve bronze medal.
Ramires scored his first International goal on 7 June 2010, against Tanzania leading up to the World Cup finals in South Africa. He scored again later on in the game setting the score to 5–1. In the Round of 16 at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals he made a run past three Chilean defenders to set up Robinho for the third goal in a 3–0 victory. Dunga, then Brazilian coach, blamed their quarter-final loss to the Netherlands on the absence of Ramires, who was serving suspension. Ramires was named in a 23-man squad for the 2011 Copa America Tournament held in Argentina. He currently wears the number 8 jersey for the national team and as of July 2011, has earned 26 caps and scored 2 goals for them.
Style of play 
Ramires is a right-sided midfielder who is known for his pace, acceleration, dribbling ability, hard work ethic, and stamina. He has also been known to play in central midfield playing in the style of a box-to-box midfielder due to his overall speed, stamina and work rate.
- Chelsea Goal of the Season vs. Manchester City
- Chelsea Goal of the Season vs. Barcelona
- Chelsea Players' Player of the Year 2011–2012
Career statistics 
- As of match played 15 May 2013.
1Includes one appearance in the 2012 FA Community Shield.
International statistics 
- Updated 15 November 2012
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- Ramires career stats at Soccerbase
- Transfermarkt profile
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- ESPN profile
- BBC Sport profile
- Ramires – FIFA competition record
- Player profile on Chelsea.com