Japanese schemer Keisuke Honda completed his Bosman move to AC Milan yesterday and, in doing so, completed a lifelong dream of signing for a Serie A side.
During the press conference for his arrival, Honda revealed how it had always been his wish to play for an Italian team and the essay below proves how deadly accurate he was when mapping out his future life.
Honda conducted his article as part of a Japanese elementary school tradition, where children are required to write down a prognosis of their life.
The excerpt, taken from Goal.com, shows exactly what Honda predicted...
“My Dream for the Future”
[Written in March 1999, translation by Dan Orlowitz]
When I grow up, I want to be the best football player in the world. No, I will become the best.
To be the best player in the world, you have to practice harder than anyone else. That’s why I’m working hard right now.
I’m not a very good player, but I’ll work hard and absolutely become the world’s greatest. When I become the world’s best, I want to become rich and repay my parents.
I’ll become famous in the World Cup and be called to play for a Serie A team. After that I’ll become a regular and play as No.10.
I want to earn 4 billion yen a year.
I dream that one day I’ll sign a contract with Puma and design spikes or training wear, and people around the world will go out to buy them.
Then I’ll appear in the tournament everyone in the world pays attention to every four years, the World Cup.
After playing well in Italy I’ll come back to Japan, have meetings [with the JFA], be given the No.10 uniform and become the team’s figurehead.
I want to beat Brazil 2-1 in the [World Cup] final.
My dream is to team up with my older brother, outwit the world’s strongest team, trade good passes with him, and score a goal in that game.
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