Former Arsenal misfit proves he’s can still break a goalpost with his shot

Julio Baptista didn’t have the best of times at Arsenal.

For every game the powerful striker would put on an impressive show, there were three or four games when he went missing.

Despite being billed as a powerhouse attacking midfielder-cum-striker, Baptista only scored three times in his only Premier League season at Arsenal.


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But Baptista was one of those curious players who, despite failing on these shores, was a force to be reckoned with elsewhere. He scored 38 goals for Sevilla in just 63 La Liga games, which attracted Real Madrid, who signed the Brazilian in 2005.

Having most recently played for Orlando City in the MLS, the 35-year-old popped up at the O2 this week, representing his country as part of the Star Sixes legends tournament.

And he looks like he’s still got some serious ability. Just have a goose at this howitzer he scored against China:

The sort of shot that a goalkeeper would be glad to see fly past them, otherwise they’d have to stand in its way.

Suppose that’s one of the reasons he’s nicknamed The Beast.

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