Juninho was born in Sao Paulo Brazil to a single mother. He saw his mother work as a prostitute amongst the poorest parts of Sao Paulo so her children could eat. This caused Juninho to become resourceful. He loved his family but his real love was football from an early age. He was picked up by Santos as a young kid and from their his career grew, he played in South America until retiring in the early 2000's to become a manager. His family all passed away by then and now he lives a lonely life, surviving.