Monday, 9 August 2010


RAMIRES recalls the  journey that took him from laying bricks in Sao Paulo all the way to the riches of the Premier League where he will soon cement his place in the Chelsea team.

Ramires was born in Barra do Pirai, Sao Paulo, in a deprived neighbourhood called Boa Sorte, which means 'Good Luck' in Portuguese. Kaka describes him as next big thing in World Football. The glamor world of Premier League followed by non- stop paparrazzi awaits him.

Brazil's Ramires attends a news conference in Johannesburg June 13, 2010. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)But the young kid says he is too mature and humble to get carried away by that. He was speaking to the Portuguese media today wherein he described his long hard journey he had to make for achieving what he has 
indeed achieved today.

The family's poverty meant he, his mother and his two brothers had to sleep in the same bed at their home after his parents were separated.He said: "Many people said I was called up to the Brazil team by Dunga because I am a lucky man, but let me tell you, those people don't know what I had to go through as a child.

"The back yard of my house was not big and we had cows grazing there alongside us. When I played football I had no choice but to play between them."

When Ramires was just 15-years-old, the former Cruzeiro midfielder used to help his uncles, Jairo and Jose, who were builders.Then, after completing a period of labouring at the expense of practising his football, he started to work as a bricklayer with them.He was forced into manual employment at an early age because his father's absence meant his family desperately needed the extra money. His mother commuted to work in a different city and that left the children in the care of Ramires' elderly grandmother.

He recalls "I remember myself working with the hot of the sun in my face, while I was carrying stones, sand and bricks. It was complicated, because I didn't like the job at all," he recalled.I liked to play football, but I couldn't do it, as we needed the money back at home.Then, I worked as a bricklayer. I had no problem with the heavy work, you know, but I did know I was not going to end as a bricklayer.My dream was to be a footballer.My mother wasn't at home, as she had to work in another city. Then, my grandmother took care of me and my brothers. She was like a mum for us.I really loved her but one day she started to have problems with her movements and she couldn't afford the physiotherapy that she needed.So I used to study in the mornings, I came home really late and I used to take care of her until the next day, all night long. She died in 1999, but she is still alive inside my heart.

"I would love for my grandmother to see me today, but I do know she is watching me from some place, seeing how I am fighting and working so hard to achieve things in my career."

"I still have many goals in my life," he added. "When I dreamed to be a footballer, I pictured myself only as a regular player. thought I was not going to be known by the people but I changed my mind when I was called up by Dunga for the Olympic Games.

"Then I thought I could achieve many more things in my life."