VIDEO: Former Chelsea Star Ramires Scores a 25-Yard Stunner for Jiangsu Suning

Tom Procter

The Chinese Super League may not be the most competitive league in the world but that doesn't mean it's exempt from the odd moment of brilliance.

Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires joined Jiangsu Suning in January 2016 in a £25m deal, a record payment made by a Chinese club at the time - that figure has since been dwarfed by a number of deals including former teammate Oscar to Shanghai SIPG for £60m.

Gamba Osaka v Jiangsu FC - AFC Champions League Group H
Gamba Osaka v Jiangsu FC - AFC Champions League Group H

The 29-year-old grabbed headlines for scoring a stunning goal in his side's Asian Champions League game against J-League club Gamba Osaka, essentially going against everything Ramires is normally about on a football pitch.

The Brazilian curled in a fine left-footed effort from the edge of the box after exchanging passes with his teammate, which was absolutely worthy of being the match winning goal it went on to be.

Admittedly, the level of goalkeeping in China is probably not all that, but even the likes of Manuel Neuer, David de Gea and Gigi Buffon would have a hard time keeping that one out given the accuracy and pace of the strike.

The goal was significant in that it came away from home for Jiangsu, meaning they will go into the second leg with the advantage, just as would be the case in the more well known UEFA Champions League.

Certainly Ramires has age on his side if he ever wanted to return to Europe, but that sheer financial clout is surely a tricky thing to get away from.

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