VIDEO: Iconic ex-Arsenal star nets superb free-kick in Brazil

Julio Baptista

‘The Beast’ Julio Baptista struck a precision set piece in Cruzeiro’s 1-1 draw with Sao Paulo over the weekend.

Plenty of players have been called ‘The Beast’ over the years, with Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo the current Premier League player hogging the moniker.

However, the original beast in English football was Julio Baptista, who was a popular figure amongst Arsenal fans during his solitary season at the North London club.

Despite ageing, the South American attacker has shown over the weekend that he still is class.

Baptista scored this precision free-kick for Cruzeiro in their 1-1 draw with Sao Paulo.

The Brazilian spent the 2006-07 campaign with the Gunners on loan from Real Madrid, playing 24 games for Arsene Wenger’s men and scoring three goals.

Over the space of nine years he made 47 appearances for his country, scoring five goals.

During his time in Europe as well as stepping out for Arsenal and Real Madrid, he also represented Sevilla, Roma and Malaga.

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