Midfielder born Ramires Santos do Nascimento, who joined Chelsea in 2010 after previously playing for Benfica and Cruzeiro. He became a member of the Brazilian national team in 2009.
He debuted professionally for Joinville in 2006 after spending a year with the club's youth team.
He became known for his stamina and box-to-box coverage.
He was born in Barra do Pirai, Brazil.
He became teammates with fellow midfielder Frank Lampard on Chelsea in 2010.