Lisbon, Portugal) – Right-back Rafael Ramos from Inter, accused of racial abuse by Inter midfielder Adenilson, during a game last Saturday Corinthians, was arrested in Porto Alegre and released only after posting an R$10,000 bond. While awaiting the results of the lip-reading expertise appointed by the authorities, the 27-year-old Portuguese insists it is a misunderstanding and has never called a Brazilian a “monkey”.
Thus his future on the local lawn is open after the break-up caused by this episode.
The owner of an unusual career that took him abroad at a young age, Ramos was another Brazilian’s main support in his first experience abroad.
It was in 2014, when he found himself out of place in Benfica’s B team and was relocated to Orlando City in the United States at the age of 19.
Upon landing in the new country, while preparing for a battery of tests, he collided with five-time world champion Kaka. There was no reaction.
“I looked at him in surprise, not knowing what to say. I went for the exam and he was right behind me. He talked to me and asked me if I was one of the players from Benfica. He’s already He knew a lot about me, but still he didn’t know me personally. Of course, it surprised me and made me happy”, he said in an interview with Mace Futbol.
At that time, Ramos had finished runners-up in the then newly created UEFA Youth League, the children’s version of the Champions League.
Despite losing 3–0 in the final to Barcelona, Ramos joined the championship team and won his first professional contract.
Passed by Nelson Semedo, now on the reserve team, in Wolverhampton, he was transferred to MLS (Major League Soccer) to get his first professional experience. However, his lack of maturity became apparent when he saw his first red card.
“I was expelled the first time, I was angry and he (Kaka) was the first to come and talk to me to calm me down. When I was young, I could not control my reactions very well and I Didn’t react well. He came to my feet, talked to me and reassured me. Then he told me how I should react in these situations,” he recalled.
Even today in touch with the world’s best in 2007, Ramos describes him as an “incredible” person.
In American football, the side still had the chance to share ground with German Bastian Schweinsteiger at the Chicago Fire, before returning to Europe, passing through Holland and, finally, signing for Santa Clara in Portugal.
He was part of the group that put the team from the Azores archipelago on the map and ensured classification for European competitions.
An unusual path for a player who risked his career after being dismissed prematurely at Sporting Base and ended at rivals Benfica, where his father worked at the stadium.
Fate attributed him to opening the doors for Portuguese athletes in Brazil after an invasion of compatriot coaches. The results of the police investigation will now decide what will happen to Ramos next.