Jonas Ramalho is a name that will forever go down in history.
On Nov. 20, 2011, he became the first mixed-race player to play for Athletic Bilbao, the Spanish side which feature exclusively Basque players.
Born to an Angolan father and a Basque mother, I imagine there are few other articles out there which have profiled Ramalho in an African context, however, the player—who turns 20 in less than four months—is eligible for this list.
Unfortunately, Ramalho’s progress since that debut victory against Sevilla, hasn’t perhaps been as meteoric as many had expected.
A feature for Spain’s youth sides up to U19, he is yet to be promoted to the U21 side, and has generally struggled to add to his handful of appearances for the Basque side.
Time is on his side, and whilst his international future may still be with Spain, I understand that Angola would be prepared to make advances if another La Roja call-up is not forthcoming.
Able to play in midfield, or at the centre or the right of the defence, Ramalho is both imposing and fast. Expect him to make a greater impact for Athletic in the coming seasons.