Ramires Santos do Nascimento
(born 24 March 1987 in Barra do Piraí
, Rio de Janeiro
), commonly Ramires
, is a Brazilian footballer
who plays as a midfielder
and the Brazil national team
. In 2008, he won a Bronze medal
in the XXIX Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Ramires is known for his vision, passing ability and most notably stamina.
In January 2008, Ramires agreed to a five-year deal with Cruzeiro
in a permanent move from Joinville
for a fee of $300,000, 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 was always starring 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... Read More