Julio Baptista was one of the brightest young talents in Europe during the mid-2000s with a tremendous spell at Sevilla under Joaquín Caparrós.
Baptista scored 47 goals in 79 games for Sevilla between 2003 and 2005 before securing a move to Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid in the summer of 2005.
Baptista’s time at Madrid never really lived up to the lofty expectations that were placed on him upon his arrival at the Bernabeu, and after three years with the Galacticos that included a short loan spell with Arsenal, the Brazilian bounced around Europe with stints at Roma and Malaga before returning to Brazil in 2013.
The 34-year-old is now playing with former Brazilian team-mate Kaka for Orlando City in the MLS and even replaced the former FIFA World Player of the Year in the 63rd minute of Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to D.C. United.
With Kaka on the bench, Baptista assumed free-kick responsibilities and delivered this peach of a goal less than ten minutes after coming on to the field. The delicately placed set piece is just superb!
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) September 25, 2016
He’s still got it!
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena