Shinji Kagawa was Manchester United's first ever Japanese player when he sealed a move to the club in June 2012 from Borussia Dortmund, he started his professional career in Japan; with Cerezo Osaka, he scored 55 goals in 125 appearances before moving to German side, Borussia Dortmund in 2010.
Kagawa won the Bundesliga twice in his two seasons in Germany, but missed the second half of his first season in a Dortmund shirt after getting injured on international duty at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup for Japan. He made his debut for his homeland in 2008 and is known as a goalscoring midfielder bagging on average a goal ever three games for the national team.
Shinji started playing football at the age of five, Cerezo Osaka noticed him at the age of 17 and he was the first player in Japan to sign a professional contract before graduating high school.
When signing for Manchester United Kagawa was given the number 26 shirt, he scored his first goal for the Red Devils in his third pre-season game against Shanghai Shenhua before the start of the 12/13 season.