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The star attacking midfielder of Spaniard giants Real Madrid, Julio Baptista is all set to bring his commendable football journey to an end after a life-spanning career of 20 years. The player who played as a forward in national Brazil football squad, didn’t make any appearance on the field in the last year. The Beast now wants to have a break from football and begin his new life and for that he announced his retirement from football on Friday.

The 37-year-old Brazilian expressed his feelings on the news of retirement by saying, “after more than two decades in the football elite, it is time to step aside and announce that I have decided to end my career as a player”. Further, he also added, “I want to show my gratitude to all those who have made it possible for me to fulfill my dream”.

Earlier, Baptista stepped into football in 2000 when he joined Sao Paulo as a defensive midfielder. Later on there was no looking back for the Brazilian as after that he serve many powerful clubs including Real Madrid, Arsenal, Roma, Malaga, Cruzeiro, Orlando City, Sevillia and CFR Cluj.

During his amazing career stint in international squad, Baptista bagged a total of 47 caps and netted five brilliant goals for his side Brazil. He made last appearance for his country in 2010 World Cup in South Africa under the guidance of head coach Dunga.

Earlier in July 2005, Baptista signed for Real Madrid after serving the long-time targets of Arsenal. Though after joining Madrid squad Baptista gave his best to lift the squad but in 2006 Champions League he managed to score only eight goals which eventually resulted in disappointment for Los Vikingos. During his exceptional performances for Real, he received immense praise. Baptista also helped the Real squad to win 2007 La Liga title and also clinched the winner’s medal.

In 2007 Copa America tournament Baptista was recalled by his national team Brazil in which he scored the opener for his side against Argentina. However, Brazil won that match with a margin of 3-0 in the final showdown.