By Our Sports Desk
Chelsea’s former Brazilian midfielder Ramires has announced his retirement from professional football.
The 35-year old has called time on his 14-year playing career, where he played for the Blues and also Benfica, Palmeiras, Jiangsu Suning, Cruzeiro and Joinville.
He announced his retirement on Wednesday on his Instagram, the Brazilian making the news official after he had been without a club since the end of November 2020 when he left Palmeiras by mutual consent.
Ramires joined Chelsea in 2010 for £19million and won a Premier League, an FA Cup, the Europa League, the League Cup and the club’s maiden Champions League, the competition where he will be fondly remembered for his iconic chip over Victor Valdes against Barcelona in the semi-final.
An all-action midfielder, his energy and tenacity was unmatched during his time at the club and he left as a fan’s favourite in 2016 after making 251 appearances for the Blues, departing for China to sign for Jiangsu Suning.
EAGLE EYE NEWS24 reports that the Brazilian, who scored a famous goal against Barcelona en route to our first Champions League trophy in 2012.
Having given the Blues nearly six years of service after signing in 2010, the midfielder won every major honour, which included a Premier League title, the Champions League (although he was suspended for the final) and the Europa League, and both English domestic cups.