Ramires, who is 35 years old, has officially announced his retirement from the game of football in an emotional statement.
Ramires: The 35-year-old midfielder, who won the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup during a successful six-year career at Chelsea, gave an emotional Instagram post in which he reflected on a career that comprised 248 games for the Blues.
The Brazilian stated, along with a highlight reel of his stellar football career: “I would like to let you know that I have formally decided to retire my career as a professional football player after some thought.
“I can only express my gratitude to God at this moment for having prepared me and guided me to the highest peaks that sport has to offer. Many thanks to all the clubs I have been a part of; you and your supporters will always have a special place in my heart.
“Thank you to all of my teammates, coworkers, coaches, and directors for the opportunity to work with you. I am also grateful to the Brazilian Football Team for allowing me to play in two World Cups, which was a dream come true.
“Thank you so much for standing by my side unconditionally during all these years, vibrating for my every success as if it were yours, which has always been my greatest strength and motivation, to my family, mother, children, brothers, and loyal friends.
“Thanks for everything, football,” I said, “I will go in other directions, but with the same joy and bravery I have had since I was a child, when, against all odds, I left my city in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro to conquer the world.”
Ramires began his professional career in Brazil with Cruzeiro before signing a five-year deal with Benfica, one of the biggest clubs in Portugal.
He quickly became a crucial part of Jorge Jesus’ team, but after just one season, he left the Estadio da Luz to sign with Premier League team Chelsea, who spent about £20 million to do so.
The Brazilian quickly won over the Stamford Bridge faithful, establishing a reputation as a relentless, dependable midfielder with players like Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, and John Obi Mikel.
The player’s most memorable Chelsea moment may have been at the Nou Camp in 2012, when he spectacularly chipped Victor Valdes ahead of their historic Champions League victory.
The Brazilian international left Chelsea after six seasons filled with trophies and signed a four-year contract with Jiangsu Suning in 2016, with a rumoured transfer fee of £25 million.
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Before concluding his career at Sao Paulo-based team Palmeiras, he spent three years in China.
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