Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires announces retirement from football in emotional statement
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Ramires has announced his retirement from professional football, aged 35.
In an emotional Instagram post, the 35-year-old midfielder, who lifted the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup during a memorable six-year spell at Chelsea, reflected on a career that included 248 appearances for the Blues.
Alongside a highlight reel of his impressive spell in football, the Brazilian wrote: "After some reflection, I would like to inform you that I have officially decided to end my career as a professional football player.
"At this point, I can only thank God first for having trained me and led me to the highest levels that sport can offer. Many thanks also to all the clubs I went through, I will always carry you and your fans in my heart.
"Gratitude also to the Brazilian Football Team for giving me the pleasure of playing two World Cups, which was a dream come true. Also grateful to all the teammates, employees, coaches and directors that I had the pleasure to work with.
"To my family, mother, children, brothers and true friends, thank you so much for being by my side unconditionally during all these years, vibrating for my every achievement as if it were yours, which has always been my greatest strength and motivation.
"I will go in other directions, but with the same happiness and courage that I had since I was little, when, against all expectations, I left my city in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro to conquer the world. Thanks for everything, football!"
He soon established himself as an important member of Jorge Jesus' squad but after just one season, he left the Estadio da Luz to join Premier League outfit Chelsea, who splashed around £20 million to secure his signature.
The Brazilian would soon become a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge, earning himself a reputation as a tireless, reliable figure in midfield alongside the likes of Michael Essien, Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel.
Perhaps the player's most iconic moment in a Chelsea shirt came at the Nou Camp, when he memorably chipped Victor Valdes ahead of their iconic Champions League win in 2012.
Throwback to when Ramires scored this insane goal against Barcelona.— Transfer HQ (@Transfer__HQ) March 24, 2020
The pass from Lampard is amazing and the finish is even better. That chip over the keeper is so classy! 👌🔥pic.twitter.com/E1qYiLHS59
After six trophy-laden seasons with Chelsea, the Brazil international joined Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning in 2016 on a four year deal, with a transfer fee of £25 million being widely reported.
He would spend three years in China before ending his career at Sao Paulo-based outfit Palmeiras.
Happy retirement, Ramires. What are your favourite memories of the Brazilian?
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