Melbourne Victory today confirmed marquee star Keisuke Honda will play his last game for the club in its final AFC Champions League fixture against Sanfrecce Hiroshima tomorrow night.
Honda joined Melbourne Victory in August of 2018 and made an instant impact, drawing rave reviews from fans and pundits, earning the first PFA Player of the Month award for the season.
But his stint in Melbourne was hampered by a hamstring injury which sidelined him for nine months, as well as spells away from the team to coach Cambodia.
Victory are still delighted with the impact ob and off the field.
“Keisuke has been a professional in every sense of the word, and we’ve been lucky to have him with us at Melbourne Victory this season,” Melbourne Victory CEO Trent Jacobs said.
“He’s obviously an incredible talent on the pitch, however the impact he’s had on our club off the field has aided our growth this season. He’s been a fan favourite and has drawn new crowds to not only our matches but our digital platforms.
“We thank Keisuke for his services throughout the past year and wish him all the best for the future.”
Today Honda thanked fans for supporting both him and Victory this season.
“I am proud to have been a Melbourne Victory player and grateful for having the opportunity to play in Australia,” Honda said. “I leave now for my next challenge but will never forgot my time at Victory.
“I wish the club good luck in the future as they pursue success.”