January 31, 2020 / 8:05 PM / 19 days ago

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda signs for Botafogo

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Japan vs Poland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 28, 2018 Japan's Keisuke Honda applauds fans after the match REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo

(Reuters) - Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda has signed for Rio de Janeiro club Botafogo, the club and player announced on Friday.

Honda, 33, who played for CSKA Moscow and AC Milan in a globetrotting career, came from Vitesse Arnhem on what was reportedly an 11-month deal.

“All good?” Honda said in Portuguese in a short video posted on the club’s Twitter account. “I play (for) Botafogo. We’ll see you in Rio de Janeiro. Until then! Thanks.”

Brazilian news reports said Honda demanded a bullet-proof car before he signed the deal to play in a city where the homicide rate is many times higher than in Europe or Japan.

Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ian Chadband

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