Clayton Ferreira Cruz
|Full name||Clayton Ferreira Cruz|
|Date of birth||19 July 1975|
|Place of birth||São João do Paraíso, Brazil|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Penafiel (loan)||29||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
His 16-year professional career was spent, other than in his country, in Portugal – five teams represented, mainly Porto with which he won five major titles, including one league and one UEFA Cup – and Cyprus (three clubs).
Clayton was born in São João do Paraíso, Minas Gerais. After a solid career in native Brazil, mainly with Clube Atlético Mineiro, he moved to Portugal in 1999, joining Azores' C.D. Santa Clara; in January 2000 he signed for league powerhouse F.C. Porto, and went on to become an important offensive element.
On 17 October 2001, in the season's UEFA Champions League, Clayton scored a brace against Celtic, in a 3–0 home triumph. He was also a part of the side's UEFA Cup-winning team in 2002–03, although he did not play in the final against the same opponent.
For 2003–04 Clayton moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal and, after appearing scarcely throughout the campaign, was loaned to lowly F.C. Penafiel and joined Vitoria de Guimarães in the following two years.
After another Brazil spell with Sport Club do Recife, and another season at Penafiel (now in the Portuguese second level), Clayton moved to Cyprus. Starting 2007–08 with Alki Larnaca FC, he joined AC Omonia in the following January transfer window.
In January 2009 Clayton moved teams in the same country, signing with AEL Limassol. Aged 35 he returned to Brazil, playing the reminder of his career in amateur football.
- Portuguese League: 2002–03
- Portuguese Cup: 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03
- Portuguese Supercup: 2001; Runner-up 2000
- UEFA Cup: 2002–03
- Cypriot Cup: Runner-up 2008–09
- "Clayton tardou a retribuir a confiança de Mourinho" [Clayton took some time to repay Mourinho's confidence] (in Portuguese). Record. 9 April 2002. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- Porto leapfrog Celtic, UEFA.com, 17 October 2001
- Surprise swap between rivals; UEFA.com, 14 July 2003
- "Clayton going to Guimarães". UEFA.com. 19 July 2005. Retrieved 13 February 2008.