Brazilian Footballer of the Year in 1995, the Little Fella had the world at his feet, and caught the eye of Bryan Robson - acting as assistant to Terry Venables with the England national team at the time - with an electric performance at Wembley in the Umbro Cup.

Juninho with Keith Lamb and Bryan Robson

Robson was part of a Boro contingent that jetted out to South America in the October to complete an audacious signing of the Brazilian star, one which required patience, perseverance and the beating of several of Europe’s biggest clubs.

It was on this day that word travelled back to Teesside that Boro had been successful, as well as a photo of the smiling diminutive star wearing a red shirt and putting pen to paper.

Soon after, Robson would be jetting off to Scandanavia to link up with England for a friendly with Jan Age Fjortoft's Norway, while Juninho would land on Teesside ten days later. 

Some 5,000 fans, a samba band and a party atmosphere were there to greet the signing on his arrival at the Riverside Stadium.

The Little Fella would not disappoint, going on to become the most popular Boro player of modern times across three separate spells, and one of the greatest to ever wear our colours.