Alexandre Silva Cleyton

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Personal information
Full nameCleyton Alexandre Henrique Silva
Date of birth (1983-03-08) March 8, 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth Jacareí, São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Attacking midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
2002–2003 Messiniakos 15 (7)
2003–2006 Apollon Kalamarias 81 (33)
2006–2008 AEL 54 (9)
2008–2012 Panathinaikos 64 (12)
2010Metalurh Donetsk (loan) 9 (1)
2012–2014 Kayserispor 43 (5)
2014 Dinamo Zagreb 6 (1)
2014–2015 Skoda Xanthi 25 (10)
2015–2016 Elazığspor 14 (2)
2016 Göztepe 11 (2)
2016–2017 Omonia 33 (8)
2017–2018 Ümraniyespor 32 (1)
2018–2019 Iraklis 23 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 25 June 2019

Cleyton Alexandre Henrique Silva (born 8 March 1983) is a Brazilian-Greek footballer who plays as Attacking midfielder.



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 the Superleague Greece 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 [1] 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.

Dinamo Zagreb

On 22 January 2014, Cleyton signed for Dinamo Zagreb after his former Kayserispor manager Robert Prosinecki recommended him to the club. [2] 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. [3] 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. [4]

Skoda Xanthi

On 2 September 2014, Cleyton signs a year contract for Xanthi for an undisclosed fee. [5] On 20 September 2014, he made his debut with the club in a 2-0 home win against Levadiakos.

On April 29, 2015 Xanthi succeeded to reach the Greek Cup final for the first time in its history after a 0-0 draw with Iraklis. 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." [6]

On 3 May 2015 in a 0-0 home draw against Asteras Tripoli where he lost a penalty Cleyton reached 200 appearances in Greek Super League. [7]

Elazığspor & Göztepe

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. [8] 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 then released by Elazigspor, but selected not to return in Greece, where he has spent the biggest part of his career. [9]

Omonia Nicosia

On 18 June 2016, he signed a contract with Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia. [10] He appeared in 41 games and scored 10 goals. On 26 May 2017 the club announced that Cleyton was released under a mutual agreement with the footballer. [11]

Return to Turkey

On 5 July 2017, he signed a year contract with TFF First League club Ümraniyespor for an undisclosed fee. [12]


On 7 September 2018, he joined Iraklis of the Football League on a free transfer. [13]

Career statistics


As of 25 June 2019
ClubSeasonLeagueCupContinental [A] Others [B] Total
Apollon Kalamarias 2003–04 241500--002415
2004–05 28960--00349
2005–06 29930--00329
AEL 2006–07 26270--332
2007–08 28741633811
Panathinaikos 2008–09 2264150--317
2009–10 403200--72
2010–11 600000--60
2011–12 3160020--336
Metalurh Donetsk (loan) 2010–11 9110--101
Kayserispor 2012–13 32511--336
2013–14 11031--141
Dinamo Zagreb 2013–14 6120--81
Skoda Xanthi 2014–15 2510102----3512
Elazığspor 2015–16 14200----142
Göztepe 2015–16 11200----112
Omonia 2016–17 3384141--4110
Ümraniyespor 2017–18 32100----321
Iraklis 2018–19 23442--276
Career total39488531017400463103





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