Chelsea’s Ramires reminisces about his first big game

Chelsea midfielder Ramires relives the first big match of his career – it was for Brazil back in 2009.

Chelsea midfielder Ramires has played in several big games in his career and has won a number of major honours.

The 27-year-old joined the Blues from Benfica in August 2010 for a reported transfer fee of £17 million and has gone on to win the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League with the London outfit.

The Brazil international won the Primeira Liga and the Taca da Liga during his time at Portuguese giants Benfica, and clinched the Campeonato Mineiro in 2008 and 2009 while playing for Cruzeiro.

Ramires also played a part in Brazil’s FIFA Confederations Cup triumph in 2009, and it is the final of that tournament that he claims was his first big game.

‘It was with the national team in the final of the Confederations Cup in 2009’, he told Chelsea’s official website. ‘We played against USA and won the game 3-2 but unfortunately I didn't score.

‘I played most of the game but I was replaced by Elano with about 20 minutes left. The game was played in South Africa and we were 2-0 down early in the match but we managed to come back and win.

‘Luis Fabiano scored twice and then Lucio scored the winning goal with about five minutes remaining. It was a special feeling to win a big trophy with your country’.

Ramires made his debut for Brazil just prior to the Confederations Cup, featuring against Uruguay in a 2010 World Cup qualifier on June 6, 2009.

Since then, the midfielder has been a regular in the Selecao set-up, and has played in the 2011 Copa America in Argentina and the 2014 World Cup in his home country.

Earlier this summer, there were reports that Real Madrid were interested in Ramires, but they have not been verified and the Brazilian looks set to remain at Stamford Bridge for the 2014-15 campaign.

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