Júlio Baptista



Júlio César Clemente Baptista (born 1 October 1981) is a Brazilian professional footballer who played most recently as an attacking midfielder or forward for Major League Soccer club Orlando City SC. He is nicknamed "The Beast" due to having a similar last name to professional wrestler Dave Bautista. Baptista began his career as a defensive midfielder, and after a series of impressive performances for his hometown squad São Paulo FC, Baptista signed for Sevilla FC in 2003. Upon signing for Sevilla, he was converted into a forward, and in his two seasons, he scored 50 goals, leading to his 2005 transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid. After two unsuccessful seasons at Real Madrid with a loan spell at Arsenal sandwiched in between, Baptista transferred to Roma in Italy. In January 2011 he returned to Spain by signing for Málaga, and two years later went back to Brazil with Cruzeiro.

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