presented in Corinthians This Friday (15), Portuguese right-back Rafael Ramos will wear the number 21 shirt of Club Alvinegro.
At the age of 27, the athlete would defend his fourth club as a professional. Prior to this, the player passed through Orlando City from the United States, Twente from the Netherlands, and Santa Clara from Portugal, before concluding with Timo.
– I really like a challenge, so my career was with me. I went to the United States, went back to Europe, went to Holland, went back to my country, Portugal, and now that’s it (the challenge), I came to a different country, I don’t know, completely different competitions and A huge club, of course, that competes in all competitions. I had a goal to be in a big club, and I was offered this opportunity at Corinthians – said the side in his presentation press conference.
Since last week in Brazil, Rafael Ramos had only regularized his position on Tuesday (12), the deadline for athletes’ registration in the national window.
However, in a period when he was already in Brazilian territory, he took the opportunity to learn the Corinthian structure and was at the Neo Quimica Arena after Timo’s victory in Loco, a 1-0 win over Deportivo Cali from Colombia. Libertadores, last Wednesday Thursday (13).
The player admitted that he was influenced by both the physical conditions introduced by the Corinthians and the phyla torsida.
– I know that (Corinthians) is a huge club. Sometimes I used to use it when I was older and used to play on Playstation. Big club in Brazil. I was not aware of the facilities, whistle. I already knew the arena and I loved it. Training center I had no idea it was of such high quality. So far I’m really enjoying it, including the people who work there – told Rafael Ramos.
– As good as the facilities are, what struck me the most was the fans of Corinthians. It was unbelievable. be very surprised But not just organized, but the noise and pace of the stadium was unbelievable. And this struck me the most by far – added the player.
On the field, Rafael Ramos knows he will face strong competition with the Brazilian side at the last World Cup in 2018, and is a Corinthians idol, a club he appeared in and has been in since 2014, when he returned to Timao. .
– I came to work. I will do my best to help the club as much as I can and will do everything there whenever I am called upon. It’s true that there are a lot of competitions, a lot of sports, and I think that will give more opportunities to all the players. I think good competition is only good for the club, for me and also for Fagner and Joo (Pedro) because it will motivate us to work hard every day and fight for the place.
Joao, in turn, would not live in Corinthians. The player, belonging to Portugal from Porto, is on loan, and will not be definitively bought by the Park So Jorge club until June, when the player’s loan term expires.
A CBF regular, Ramos has a chance to make his debut for Corinthians this Saturday (16) for the second round of Brasileirao, against Awai, at the Neo Quimica Arena. That is because Fagner will be serving his second game of suspension due to the Brazilian’s expulsion against Juventude in the final round last year. As Joo Pedro is no longer part of the Corinthians’ plans, there is a tendency for the Portuguese to pass shirt 2 to the side.