(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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