Alexandre Silva Cleyton
|Full name||Cleyton Alexandre Henrique Silva|
|Date of birth||March 8, 1983|
|Place of birth||Jacareí, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|2010||→ Metalurh Donetsk (loan)||9||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 March 2017.
Cleyton is one of few footballers in Greece to have a dual passport, one of Brazilian and one of Greek which he received on 13 November 2009, after spending 7 years in Greece, making him eligible to gain Greek citizenship. On 19 September 2004 he made his debut in Super League in a 1-0 home of his club (Apollon Kalamarias) win against OFI Crete.
In the 2006–07 season he helped AEL reach the Greek cup final and win it. He was the club's top scorer in European competitions in the 2007/08 season, including goals against Blackburn Rovers and Everton.
Cleyton signed for Panathinaikos in the summer of 2008 for a fee of €1,700,000. Since then he has scored 5 goals for the greens, one being a fantastic overhead kick against his former club AEL. Cleyton Start the 2011-2012 season well,by scoring very important goals for the greens such as a direct free kick against PAOK and a fantastic overhead kick against Levadiakos.
On 22 January 2014, Cleyton signed for Dinamo Zagreb after his former Kayserispor manager Robert Prosinecki recommended him to the club. On 28 March 2014, it was reported by the club that the two parties had mutually agreed to terminate the player's contract as a result of misconduct not tolerated by the club. Croatian media reported that Cleyton provoked and engaged in a fight at a Zagreb night club in the early morning hours of 27 March 2014 while heavily under the influence of alcohol.
On April 29, 2015 Skoda Xanthi F.C. succeeded to reach the Greek Cup final for the first time in its history after a 0-0 draw with Iraklis F.C.. Cleyton Silva has twice won the Greek Cup, one with AEL in 2007 and one with Panathinaikos in 2010, but by his words seemed to have the same mood for the title. "The feeling is always wonderful, but it is more difficult when a small team from the province, succeeds to reach a final. It is by far a greater success. Panathinaikos, is rather usual to go to the final and win the Cup, but for clubs like AEL and Skoda Xanthi, is something different." Concluding he stated also "And in 2007 when I played for AEL , Panathinaikos was the favorite. The same scenario is in front of us with Olympiakos. This is a fight. We're going to give everything, to play first of all for ourselves and our families and will see what happens. Frankly speaking, the mood in the club is not easily found either in Greece or abroad. That's the main reason for our success."
On 7 August 2015, despite numerous offer from Greek clubs, Cleyton decided to continue his career in Turkey signing a two years' contract for TFF First League club Elazığspor for an undisclosed fee. Due to financial problems, and after the first half of the season, Cleyton decided to return to Greece to play for Iraklis, that seemed to be the proper club to continue his career.
Cleyton, who was a transfer target of Atromitos and Iraklis, chose to remain in Turkey and continue his career at Göztepe. The 33-year-old former player of Panathinaikos was recently released by Elazigspor, but selected not to return in Greece, where he has spent the biggest part of his career.
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- "Άρπαξε" Κλέιτον η Ομόνοια