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March 24, 1987
Ramires Santos do Nascimento (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁaˈmiɾes ˈsɐ̃tus du nasiˈmẽtu]; born 24 March 1987), known simply as Ramires, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Chinese club Jiangsu Suning. A midfielder, he is comfortable playing in either the centre or right midfielder position. He normally plays as a box-to-box midfielder role because of his energy in supporting defensive and offensive play. Ramires began his career playing for Royal Sport Club, at Barra do Piraí, 114 km north-west of Rio de Janeiro. In 2005, he signed for Joinville, before joining Cruzeiro, with whom he spent just over two seasons, appearing in 61 league matches and scoring 10 times. In 2009, Ramires moved to Portugal and signed for Benfica from Cruzeiro. He spent one season with Benfica in which he helped them to the Primeira Liga title and Taça da Liga. He then joined English club Chelsea in the summer of 2010 on a four-year contract, and won five different domestic and European competitions with them. Ramires is a Brazilian international, making his debut on 6 June 2009 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Uruguay. He was in the teams which won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, as well as playing in two World Cups and the 2011 Copa América. On 29 January 2016, Ramires joined Chinese club Jiangsu Suning on a four-year contract with the transfer fee being a reported £25 million.The fee was a Chinese record, but was broken twice in the following ten days with the acquisitions of fellow South Americans Jackson Martínez and Alex Teixeira, the latter teaming up with Ramires. Ramires was sent off in the 94th minute of his debut in the 3–2 win against Jeonbuk Motors in the AFC Champions League for a push on a Jeonbuk player. On 5 March 2016, Ramires scored three minutes into his Chinese Super League debut in a 3–0 win against Shandong Luneng before assisting compatriot Alex Teixeira for the second goal.