Uruguay talisman Gastón Ramírez is Middlesbrough’s man for all seasons

The former Southampton midfielder is enjoying the finer things in English life following a lifeline from the Boro manager, Aitor Karanka

For a moment, Gastón Ramírez looks puzzled, then understanding dawns. “Ah, Frigorífico Anglo,” says Middlesbrough’s Uruguay playmaker, smiling broadly.

He has just been asked about the famous meat products bearing the name of his home town, Fray Bentos, which once led it to be dubbed “the kitchen of the world”. With production of corned beef, steak and kidney pies et al long since shifted to Europe, the old factory is now a Unesco world heritage site.

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