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50. Keisuke Honda
The only Japanese player in the CaughtOffside 50 from what is a rapidly improving team. Japanese players are now household names across Europe and have firmly established themselves in the top leagues.
However, there is still only one with the ability and star power to turn heads so effortlessly and that is the CSKA Moscow midfielder.
Comfortable in a number of positions, whether it be as a central attacking midfielder, as a second striker or a deep-lying playmaker. He is also known for his free-kicks, dribbling and ability as a dead ball specialist, as the world found out in South Africa in 2010.
He is likely to make the move to AC Milan soon, and will finally be able to test himself in one of the World’s top divisions, and not a moment too soon. At 27-years-old he is entering his peak and will surely have some form of European success on his mind.
A key contributor to CSKA’s impressive season last term that saw them pick up a Russian Premier League title, a Russian Cup and a Russian Super Cup.
HONOURS: Russian Premier League, Russian Cup, Russian Super Cup