Facts of Shinji Kagawa
|Full Name:||Shinji Kagawa|
|Birth Date:||March 17, 1989|
|Height:||5 feet 9 inches (1.75m)|
|Dating||Margaret Natsuki ( since 2016)|
|Net Worth||$25 million|
|Birth Place||Kobe, Hyogo, Japan|
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Who is Shinji Kagawa?
Shinji Kagawa, a Japanese professional footballer is widely popular for playing for German club Borussia Dortmund and the Japan national team. He plays as an attacking midfielder and is a dependable playmaker.
Shinji has also played for Manchester United. He has won over 80 caps from his international debut. On 29 November 2012, Shinji was named “Asian Football Confederation International Player of the Year.”
Shinji Kagawa’s Childhood and Lifestyle
Shinji Kagawa was born on 17th March 1989 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. He holds a Japanese nationality and belongs to Asian ethnicity. Kagawa stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 65 kg. In 1994, at the age of 5, he started playing for ‘Marino FC’ and continued playing for 5 years from 1994 to 1999. He played for ‘Kobe NK FC’ between the years 1999-2001.
Shinji Kagawa’s Professional Career
In 2006, Kagawa was spotted by Japanese football team “Cerezo Osaka”. At the age of 17, Kagawa became the first Japanese player who was promoted from the youth teams of ‘J. League,’ to sign a professional contract before finishing a high school. He was selected for the Japanese national ‘Under-20’ football team in 2007 and he played for ‘Summer Olympics’ in 2008.
In August, he debuts appearance in the German ‘Bundesliga’ as part of ‘Borussia Dortmund.’ Kagawa scored the first two goals for ‘Borussia Dortmund’ in the UEFA Europa League against ‘Qarabag FK.’ Prior to a match against ‘Schalke 04,’ Kagawa declared that he would score 2 goals, which he managed to accomplish for his team, ‘Borussia Dortmund.’
In 18 appearances he managed to net 8 goals in his first ‘Bundesliga’ season amid tragedy struck in the form of an injury. Notably, Kagawa was named in the ‘Bundesliga Best XI’ and he was included in the 2011 ‘Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup,’ better known as ‘AFC Asian Cup,’ where he scored two goals against Qatar in Quarter-final match.
Shinji Kagawa made his ‘Premier League’ debut on 20th August 2012, playing for ‘Manchester United’ against ‘Everton.’ In November 2012 the ‘Asian Football Confederation’ (AFC) presented Kagawa with the title of ‘International Player of the Year.’ He was included in Japan’s 23-man squad for the 2013 ‘FIFA Confederations Cup.’ Shinji received the title of ‘Man of the Match’ for scoring 2 goals in Japan’s 2-0 win over Jordan in 2015 ‘AFC Asian Cup.’
Shinji Kagawa’s Net worth and Salary
Shinji Kagawa has an estimated net worth of $25 million. According to 2016, he gets an annual salary of $9 million. Shinji extends his net worth by endorsements deals, ads and sponsorships. He endorses brands like AON.
Shinji Kagawa’s Personal Life
Shinji Kagawa is not married. He is dating Margaret Natsuki since 2016. Margaret Natsuki is a Japanese Canadian model. The couple first met when Margaret was in Dortmund to conduct his interview.
Shinji Kagawa’s Social Media Profile
Shinji Kagawa is currently active on social networking sites- Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Shinji has 1.2 million followers on Instagram and he has 1.5 million followers on Twitter respectively. He has 2,905,864 likes and 2,862,758 followers on Facebook.