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9 Big Stars Who Played In Japan

9 Big Stars Who Played In Japan

By Keegan Kruger - May 25, 2018 12:29 PM @KeeganKruger

FC Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta became the most recent superstar to be unveiled by a J-League club, but a few other high-profile footballers have played in Japan, including a former Mamelodi Sundowns manager.

Click through the gallery above to see some big stars who have played in the Japanese J-League.

The Japanese top flight might not be very well known to many outside of Asia, but it has had a few stellar names grace its pitches, according to FourFourTwo.

Former Manchester United and Uruguay international Diego Forlan spent a season in Japan. The striker signed for Cerezo Osaka during the 2014/15 season and was relegated from the J-League in his very first season with the club.

After prolific spells with Leicester City, Everton, FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur, former England international Gary Lineker moved to Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1992, but injuries prevented him from playing many games.

Five-time LaLiga champion and former Sundowns boss Hristo Stoichkov also spent only one season in Japan. The forward signed for Kashiwa Reysol in 1998, and scored 12 goals in 27 appearances for them.

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Others big names who have also played in the J-League, according to FourFourTwo, are Michael Laudrup, Lukas Podolski, Leonardo, Dunga, and Zico.

Who do think will be the next superstar to join this list of high-profile stars? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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