Cleiton Ribeiro Xavier


Cleiton Ribeiro Xavier ( uk, Клейтон Шав'єр; born 23 March 1983) is a Brazilian former professional Association football, footballer who plays as an Midfielder#Attacking midfielder, attacking midfielder. He is known by his powerful and accurate free kicks, dribbling skills and passes.

Club career

In his early career, Cleiton Xavier played for Centro Sportivo Alagoano, CSA and Sport Club Internacional, Internacional, and was loaned out various times.


In early 2009, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, Palmeiras signed Cleiton from the relegated Figueirense Futebol Clube, Figueirense. Cleiton Xavier proved he had good talent in Palmeiras's first matches in the Copa Libertadores, Libertadores Cup and in the Campeonato Paulista, São Paulo State Championship. On 29 April 2009 Cleiton Xavier scored an 87th minute away-goal against Colo-Colo in the 2009 Copa Libertadores, Libertadores Cup that secured Palmeiras' progression to the knockout stages of the tournament, it was a very long-range shot inside the goalkeeper's left angle. Later in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Série A alongside teammate Diego de Souza Andrade, Diego Souza, Cleiton Xavier made an outstanding season with Palmeiras, leading the competition for 19 rounds, however Palmeiras finished 5th due to losses in the final matches and did not qualify for the Libertadores Cup. Cleiton Xavier was elected the 3rd best player of the season, even though he had an injury. In 2010, Cleiton Xavier remained with Palmeiras and also started well the year. He participated in Palmeiras's first ten goals in the 2010 Campeonato Paulista, São Paulo State Championship.

Metalist Kharkiv

On 14 July 2010, Cleiton Xavier transferred to FC Metalist Kharkiv for €4.5 million. In 2013, he became popular for scoring a fastest equalizing goal from the starting line after the restart of the match against local league rival, FC Chornomorets Odesa, Chornomorets. He then inspired them to a 3 – 1 victory which boosted their chances to qualify for next season UEFA Champions League, Champions League campaign in which the victory lift them above another local rival who competing for the same spot, Dynamo Kyiv.

Club statistics


;Internacional *Campeonato Gaúcho, Rio Grande do Sul State League: 2003, 2004 ;Figueirense *Campeonato Catarinense, Santa Catarina State League: 2008 ;Palmeiras *Copa do Brasil: 2015 Copa do Brasil, 2015 *Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Campeonato Brasileiro: 2016 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, 2016 ;Vitória * Campeonato Baiano: 2017


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* {{DEFAULTSORT:Cleiton Xavier 1983 births Living people Brazilian footballers Brazilian expatriate footballers Expatriate footballers in Ukraine Centro Sportivo Alagoano players Sport Club Internacional players Sport Club do Recife players Brasiliense Futebol Clube players Sociedade Esportiva do Gama players Marília Atlético Clube players Figueirense FC players Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras players FC Metalist Kharkiv players Esporte Clube Vitória players Campeonato Brasileiro Série A players Ukrainian Premier League players People from Alagoas Brazilian expatriate sportspeople in Ukraine Pan American Games medalists in football Pan American Games silver medalists for Brazil Association football midfielders Footballers at the 2003 Pan American Games Medalists at the 2003 Pan American Games