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Everything You Need To Know About Our £18m Man

Full name: Ramires Santos do Nascimento

Nickname: At Cruzeiro he was known as “Queniano Azul” – the Blue Kenyan. Not politically correct, but given because blue was the main colour of the kit he wore and his skin colouring was said to be that of a Kenyan’s. At Benfica, the fans called him “Maior” which is translated to mean superior, bigger and better.

Age: 23

Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Height: 5 ft 11 in

Club history: After leaving the club he spent his youth with, Joinville, in 2008, he joined the 4th best side in Brazil, Cruzeiro, for one year, where he had previously been on loan. Cruzeiro paid £180k and owned 70% of his economic rights, with Joinville holding on to 30%. He moved to Benfica for £6.5m at the start of last season where he went on to win the league and Carlsberg Cup.

Other honours: Minas Gerais State Championship: 2008 and 2009 (Cruzeiro). Santa Catarina State Championship – 2nd level: 2005 and 2006 (Joinville). Olympic Bronze: 2008 (Brazil U-23). Confederations Cup: 2009 (Brazil).

International career: He represented Brazil’s U-23 side in the 2008 Olympics, replacing Robinho in the squad. He made 8 appearances for them before being called up to the Brazil squad in May 2009 for World Cup qualifying. He has made 16 appearances for his country and scored 2 goals.

Third party ownership: In June 2010 it was reported that Kia Joorabchian had secured a 50% share in the Brazilian midfielder Ramires. The deal was reportedly part of an agreement reached with Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira the previous year at the time of Ramires’s transfer to Benfica from Cruzeiro in Brazil. A further 30% of the player’s rights were reportedly owned by Joorabchian’s associate Pini Zahavi.

Work permit: He has not played in 75% of his country’s games so will likely have to apply for a work permit.

First linked to Chelsea: July 4th 2010. “Many clubs from the big European leagues have been in contact about Ramires,” said his agent, Carlini. “Chelsea and Bayern have spoken to Benfica, but I can’t say more.”

What he says about his former club: “I love this club. I took Benfica into my heart. I am very happy. I will never forget how I got here, where I was a champion, where I improved and I was very happy.”

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