Former Chelsea star looks completely unrecognisable from his time in English football | Football

The player looks a little different these days (Picture: rami7oficial)

Former Chelsea fan favourite Ramires now looks unrecognisable from the player who spent almost six seasons at Stamford Bridge.

The midfielder was a familiar face in the Blues’ starting line-up between 2010 and 2016, helping guide Chelsea to five major honours during his time in west London.

But now Ramires is sporting a completely different look, based on posts shared on Instagram in recent weeks.

Enjoying retirement in his native Brazil, the 36 year-old now boasts a full head of hair, with his bulked up arms on display in one snap courtesy of his unfussy black vest.

Chelsea parted with around £18m to sign Ramires from Benfica in 2010, an expenditure which proved incredibly worthwhile given the success the energetic star enjoyed with the Premier League giants.

Former Chelsea star looks completely unrecognisable

Ramires has been keeping his followers up-to-date on social media (Picture: rami7oficial)

Former Chelsea player Ramires

The Brazilian has been enjoying his time away from the game (Picture: rami7oficial)

Ramires in particular played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in 2012, providing an assist for Didier Drogba in the 1-0 win in the semi-final first leg against Barcelona.

Arguably the most iconic moment of his Chelsea career arrived in the second leg just six days later, executing a sublime chip over Victor Valdes to bring the visitors level on aggregate.

This happened all the while knowing that he would be ruled out of any potential final due to yellow card accumulation in the competition, having been booked earlier in the match at Camp Nou.

Ramires would win the FA Cup in the same season, before going on to help the club claim the Europa League, Premier League and League Cup over the next few seasons.

Ramires playing for Chelsea

Ramires is remembered fondly at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

Ramires departed Chelsea in January 2016 and joined Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning for around £25m.

After three years in Asia, Ramires headed home to Brazil and spent a season with Palmeiras.

That proved to be an extremely fruitful move for club and player, with Palmeiras claiming the league, cup and Copa Libertadores during his stay.

Ramires announced his retirement in 2022 after over 400 senior appearances, including 52 cap for Brazil.


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