The fans called him the â€˜Blue Kenyanâ€™ or â€˜Blue Bunnyâ€™ and sang a song called â€˜Ramires Guerreiroâ€™ (Warrior Ramires).
Blue is the colour of Cruzeiro and â€˜Kenyanâ€™ and â€˜Bunnyâ€™ referred to Ramiresâ€™ impressive ability to run and run. He is slightly built and only 5ft 11in, so he looks like a long-distance runner, too.
Ramires told the Daily Mail: "It was an affectionate name; I put in so much hard work on the pitch, never stop running, and thatâ€™s why they called me the Kenyan.
"I turned into a Red Kenyan when I was at Benfica. Iâ€™ll be blue again now, though."