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While not strictly a part of the January transfer window, Juninho Pernambucano’s winter move to New York Red Bulls is a big enough deal for both club and player to be included amongst our list as a default entry.
The former Brazilian international spent the last two years in a second stint with Brasileiro Serie A side, Vasco da Gama, but opted for the undoubtedly more lucrative opportunities in the MLS in December.
The Red Bulls’ official website announced the deal on December 17, with Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh saying:
“Juninho is a world class player who our Global Sporting Director, Gerard Houllier, and I have known and admired for many years. Aside from being a top dead ball specialist and a tremendous talent, Juninho is a fantastic professional both on and off the field. He is in great physical shape and we think he can make a positive impact for us in 2013.”
Juninho is but the latest addition in a long line of veteran MLS inductees and despite now being 37 years old, the fact that he hasn’t failed to score 10 goals or more in all but one of his last 11 seasons speaks volumes about his long-standing value at the elite level.