Keisuke Honda is a Japanese footballer who plays for AC Milan and the Japan national football team. Playing as a central attacking midfielder Honda is one of the world's best free kick specialists and he also possesses world class passing, dribbling and vision abilities.
Born on the 13th of June 1986 Honda began his club career at Japanese club Nagoya Grampus making his professional debut in 2005 as a school student. After his high school graduation he officially joined Nagoya in 2005 and on his first start he recorded one assist and he became an instant hit at the club. After several prolific performances he joined Dutch club VVV-Venlo in January 2008 signing a tow and a half year deal. In his first season at the club they were relegated to the Eerste Divisie. In the 2008-09 season he scored 16 goals in 36 league matches to help the club back to the Eredivisie. He became known as 'Keizer Keisuke' (Emperor Keisuke) among the fans of VVV-Venlo.
In December 2009 Honda signed for Russian club CSKA Moscow on a four year deal. He made his debut for the Russian club in a UEFA Champions league match against Sevilla. In the second leg he scored the winning goal through a direct free kick after assisting Tomas Necid in the first goal. Honda played over 120 matches for the Russian club scoring roughly 30 goals helping the side to the 2012-13 Russian Premier League, two Russian Cups and one Russian Super Cup.
In October 2013 Keisuke Honda signed for Italian club AC Milan where he signed a free transfer an joined the club in January 2014. Honda provided AC Milan with a bit more depth in the midfield teaming up with the likes of Kaka, Riccardo Montolivo, Antonio Nocerino and Nigel de Jong. Having played for several Japanese youth teams Honda made his senior debut for Japan in 2008 in a match against Bahrain and he scored his first senior goal against Chile in a 4-0 win. Honda has gone on to become a star for Japan where he has scored over 20 goals for Samurai Blue.