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In Japan, Honda is box office and there’s little to suggest things will be any different in Australia

“Human, man, educator, social activist, entrepreneur, angel investor, soccer player.” So reads Keisuke Honda’s social media biography. Indeed, he is more than just a footballer.

“No one’s bigger than the club” goes the much-used cliche in football. However, you would be hard pushed to find a player in Asia that attracts a larger following and more media attention than Honda. If it’s gravitas you’re after, no active A-League player comes close to the Japanese playmaker.

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