‘Thanks for everything!’: Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires RETIRES from football aged 35, announcing the news in emotional social media video after 16-year 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 in his six years there
- He played 248 times for Chelsea and also featured for Brazil internationally
Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires has retired from professional football.
The midfielder announced the news on social media this afternoon, thanking the clubs he played for before reflecting on ‘conquering the world’ after leaving Brazil to pursue a stellar career in the game.
He is best known for making 248 appearances for the Blues between 2010 and 2016, and being part of their Champions League winning squad in 2012.
Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires has announced his retirement from professional football
A social media video featured highlights of Ramires’ career was shared today with the caption: ‘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.
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 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!’
Ramires began his career in his home country of Brazil before joining Benfica in 2009.
A year later he was signed by Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, and was part of the squad that won the league title in his first season at the club.
He played a vital role in the Blues’ Champions League winning squad in 2012, scoring at the Nou Camp in the semi-final win against Barcelona.
He spent six years at Chelsea, also playing for Benfica and Palmeiras among others
The 35-year-old made over 50 appearances for Brazil and played at two World Cups
He also scored against Liverpool in the FA Cup final to help his side lift the trophy the same year, and netted 33 times in total for Chelsea.
Chelsea tweeted: ‘Happy retirement!’ following the news.
He left the club in January of 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 in Mikel John Obi, who pulled down the curtain on his career yesterday.