Middlesbrough - 1995-97
By now, it seemed as though Juninho would have his pick of Europe's top clubs - and he probably did, but it was Middlesbrough, just promoted to the Premier League, who secured his signature for £4.75 million. Thousands turned out for his presentation at the Riverside, where he wore a kit seven sizes too big while entertaining supporters with the obligatory keepy-uppy routine.
It's hard to quantify quite how much his signing meant to Teeside, an area, then as now, beset by deep deprivation. The Little Fella, as he became known, transformed not just a club but a community.
In 1995/96, Boro finished 12th but a year later, the club were relegated on the last day of the season, Juninho weeping on the Elland Road turf at the final whistle.