Former Real Madrid star Julio Baptista retires
After a professional career spanning two decades, former Real Madrid striker Julio Baptista has retired from football.
The former Brazil international, who has not played since 2018, took to social media to announce he is hanging his boot.
“After more than 20 years in the football elite, it is time to step aside and announce that I have decided to end my career as a player,” The 37-year-old tweeted.
“I want to show my gratitude to all those who have made it possible for me to fulfil my dream. Thank you all,” he added.
Baptista, who began his career as a defensive midfielder with Sao Paulo in 2000, had spells with Sevilla, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Roma, Malaga, Cruzeiro, Orlando City and CFR Cluj.
He was capped 47 times for Brazil, last playing for his country at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.