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Brazilian international Ramires on Wednesday completed a move to join Chinese side Jiangsu Suning in a reported £25m deal.
The 28-year-old Brazil midfielder who agreed a new four-year deal in October but has only started seven Premier League games this season during his time at the Bridge, posted some memorable moments which a lot of Blues faithfuls around the world will always remember him for.
Arriving in the summer of 2010, the Brazilian international gradually imposed himself with his strong running, tough tackling and boundless energy. Ramires scored the club’s Goal of the Season in March 2011 with a fine solo effort against Manchester City.
More goals were added in his second campaign in England, including strikes at Wembley in both the semi and the final of the FA Cup as he lifted his first Chelsea silverware.
Ramires put Chelsea in front in the 11th minute after he disposed Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing and beat Pepe Reina in the Liverpool area.
Chelsea extended their lead in the 52nd minute when Didier Drogba got on the score sheet before Andy Carrol reduced the deficit 12 minutes later but the Blues held on to win 2-1.
Ramires’ most memorable contribution at Chelsea would be the magical night at Camp Nou in a champions League tie against Barcelona.
With Chelsea trailing and a man down in the Champions League semi-final second leg, the Brazilian latched onto a Frank Lampard through ball before sublimely chipping Victor Valdes to put Chelsea back in contention for a ticket to the final.
A yellow card on the night meant he was suspended when Chelsea lifted the trophy in Munich, but Ramires had done as much as anybody to help Roberto Di Matteo’s side reach the final, and the goal earned him a second successive Goal of the Season accolade.
The former Benfica man remained an important figure under Jose Mourinho, largely as a holding midfielder but also as a right-sided winger charged with tracking back.
It was on the flank he helped secure significant results away at Manchester City and Liverpool, bravely playing through the pain barrier in one win at Anfield and earning glowing praise from his manager for doing so.
Last season, he started the Capital One Cup final against Spurs at Wembley before adding a Premier League winner’s medal to his collection.