And, in a country famous for being conservative, and for a culture that is based on humility and working towards a common goal, it is not commonplace for such extravagant praise to be lavished on individuals.sbobet mobile
Which speaks volumes about just how good a footballer Shinji Ono has been through the years given that is the nickname that has been bestowed upon him in his homeland.
Curiously, outside of Japan at least, Ono is arguably not as famous as his contemporaries like Hidetoshi Nakata, Shunsuke Nakamura or Junichi Inamoto, if only for the fact that he never plied his trade in England (Scotland, in Nakamura’s case), Spain or Italy – the only three countries that really captivated global attention in that era.
He was just described (in the above tweet) by current Leicester star Shinji Okazaki as “the best player in Japan”, while Wesley Sneijder – the most-capped player in Netherlands’ history – identified Ono as the toughest opponent he’s ever faced.
After beginning his career with Japanese giants Urawa Red Diamonds, Ono earned a move to Netherlands and spent five seasons with Feyenoord, where he won the 2002 UEFA Cup alongside famous names like Jon Dahl Tomasson, Pierre van Hooijdonk, and a then 18-year-old Robin van Persie.
Thereafter, he also had spells in Germany and Australia with VfL Bochum and Western Sydney Wanderers respectively, split by a three-year stint back in Japan with Shimizu S-Pulse, before winding up at current club Consadole Sapporo.sbobet mobile