Ex-Victory A-L star Honda leaves Botafogo

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Former Melbourne Victory midfielder Keisuke Honda is leaving Brazilian club Botafogo after coming to the end of his contract.

The 34-year-old former Japan international confirmed his departure on social media on Wednesday after reports linked him with a move to Europe.

Honda had signed as a free agent with Botafogo but had a disappointing stint at the club, scoring three goals in 27 matches, including two from the penalty spot.

"As you know, I am leaving Botafogo," Honda, who has also played for CSKA Moscow and AC Milan, wrote.

"At first, I accepted all your criticism that I could not bring results.

"Criticism is natural and I am not giving excuses. I have also been disappointed and I am sorry."

Considered one of Japan's greatest ever players, Honda played in the last three FIFA World Cups and scored 37 goals in 98 matches with the national team.

He joined the A-League as a marquee player with Melbourne Victory in August 2018, scoring seven goals in 18 games as Victory finished third on the ladder before losing to Sydney FC in the semi-finals.