Ramires Santos do Nascimento, usually shortened to Ramires, was born in Barra do Piraí, Brazil on 24 March 1987. A box-to-box midfielder, he is able to operate centrally or on the right wing and can help the team as an attacking player, or function in a more disciplined defensive midfield role. Ramires is known for his workrate, stamina, speed and versatility. In terms of his playing style, he has often been compared to Michael Essien.

Having started his youth team career with Royal Sport Club in 2004, Ramires moved to Joinville in 2005 and graduated to the senior side in 2006, eventually playing 14 games for the club and scoring three goals. In 2007, he moved to Cruzeiro for a fee of $300,000 and spent three seasons with the side, helping them to win the Campeonato Mineiro in 2008 and 20...

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