Keisuke Honda is still going strong at 32-years-old while he plays for Melbourne Victory and managers the Cambodia national side. This weekend was all about his playing career, however, as he helped his side to second place in the A-League in Australia. This was seen as his side beat Adelaide United 2-0 while sealing a fifth win on the trot.
Honda will not be around for long in Melbourne
At the end of last week, the Japanese midfielder hinted he would not be around for long in Australia, although for anyone who has seen him play you can see he will still give his all for the shirt. I would guess that with Honda clearly looking to go into management full time he might hang up his boots at the end of the current A-League season in April 2019.
It's clear he would like to be a coach full-time as he already manages the Cambodia national side while on top of this he has plenty of other interests, including a series of football academies around the world and an investment capital fund with actor Will Smith.
His performances have been great in the A-League
Despite running down his career in Australia his performances on the pitch have been very impressive. In fact, he's played so well that many in Australia say he's been their best foreign import since Alessandro Del Piero.
This has been seen also with him picking up four goals in his clubs opening seven games of the season. Meanwhile, his other stats speak for themselves as he's added another three assists to those goals. He's also completed 109 passes in the final third of the pitch and put in 51 crosses.
You can see he is still hungry too as he spoke after his side won 4-0 against Western Sydney. As he said in an interview “I’m not satisfied yet,” Honda told Fox Sports.
“I think we can get better. Of course today I scored and the team scored four goals, but we also made a lot of mistakes.
“It doesn’t matter to me about (the) result — it’s important how we can make people happy here. Because I think football is entertainment and the fans, supporters want to be happy all 90 minutes, even like extra minutes. So I think for them we have to score, we have to be aggressive. That’s why I want to do that”.