Shinji Kagawa is returning to where it all began, signing with Cerezo Osaka.
The 33-year-old began his career with the Sakura and broke into the national team before heading to Europe, where he spent the last 12 years playing at the very highest level. He won the Premier League with Manchester United and two German Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund in his time abroad.
Kagawa made over 200 appearances in Europe, to go along with 31 goals in 97 caps for Japan, giving him an exceptional amount of experience at the top level.
Now, Kagawa can add to his 125 appearances for Cerezo, too. His playmaking skill will be a welcome addition to the Osaka club that had a strong 2022 and finished fifth, but lagged behind the top teams in goals scored. Kagawa’s creativity could be just what they need to climb higher and challenge for the biggest honors in Japanese football.