The recent Star Sixes tournament in London featured former players in varying states of physical fitness, but amid the protruding bellies and tired legs, you could have been forgiven for thinking Julio Baptista was still at the peak of his powers. The Brazilian looked every bit ‘The Beast’ as he hurtled around the O2 Arena’s artificial pitch and showed he can still strike a ball as sweetly as ever.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that Baptista is not even thinking about retirement. The 35-year-old has been a free agent since he was released by MLS team Orlando City in November. But as the new season draws closer, he says he is still on the lookout for his next challenge.




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