Ex-Chelsea midfielder Ramires retires from football aged 35

“Thank you for everything !” : Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires retires from football at the age of 35, announcing the news in a moving video on social media after 16 years of career

  • Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires has announced his retirement from football
  • The 35-year-old revealed the news with a video on social media this afternoon
  • He was part of Chelsea’s Champions League-winning squad during his six years there
  • He played 248 times for Chelsea and also played for Brazil at international level

Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires has retired from professional football.

The midfielder broke the news on social media this afternoon, thanking the clubs he played for before reflecting on ‘taking on the world’ after leaving Brazil to pursue a glittering career in the game.

He is best known for making 248 appearances for the Blues between 2010 and 2016, and was part of their Champions League winning side in 2012.

Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires has announced his retirement from professional football

A social media video featuring highlights from Ramires’ career was shared today with the caption: “After some thought, I would like to inform you that I have officially decided to end my career as a professional footballer.

“At this point I can only thank God first for training me and leading me to the highest level that the sport can offer. A big thank you also to all the clubs I have been through, I will always carry you and your fans in my heart.

‘Thank you also to the Brazilian football team for giving me the pleasure of playing two World Cups, which was a dream come true. Thank you also to all the teammates, employees, coaches and directors with whom I had the pleasure of working.

‘To my family, mother, children, brothers and true friends, thank you so much for being by my side unconditionally for all these years, vibrating for each of my achievements as if it were yours, which has always been my most great strength and motivation.

Ramires made 248 appearances for Chelsea and won the Champions League with the club

Ramires made 248 appearances for Chelsea and won the Champions League with the club

‘I will go in other directions, but with the same happiness and the same courage that I had since I was little, when, against all odds, I left my city in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro to conquer the world. Thanks for everything, soccer!

Ramires started his career in his native Brazil before joining Benfica in 2009.

A year later, he was signed by Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea and was part of the team that won the league title in his first season at the club.

He played a vital role in the Blues’ Champions League-winning side in 2012, scoring at Camp Nou in the semi-final win over Barcelona.

He spent six years at Chelsea, also playing for Benfica and Palmeiras among others

He spent six years at Chelsea, also playing for Benfica and Palmeiras among others

The 35-year-old has made over 50 appearances for Brazil and played in two World Cups

The 35-year-old has made over 50 appearances for Brazil and played in two World Cups

He also scored against Liverpool in the FA Cup final to help his team lift the trophy that same year, and netted 33 times in total for Chelsea.

He left the club in January 2016 to sign for Chinese side Jiangsu, before returning to Brazil with Palmeiras in 2019.

He left the club in 2020, however, and hasn’t played since. He also played 52 times for Brazil.

His retirement follows that of another former Chelsea midfielder, Mikel John Obi, who lifted the curtain on his career yesterday.

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