LOOK: Japan football star Shinji Kagawa meets Pacquiao in PH visit
MANILA, Philippines – After lending support to children's education in Yolanda-struck Tacloban City, Japan national men's football team mainstay Shinji Kagawa pays Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao a visit in Manila.
"With @mannypacquiao. Thank you for having me champ," wrote Kagawa in his Instagram post
The Japanese midfielder was able to catch Pacquiao before he left for his final training in Los Angeles, as he faces Keith Thurman on Saturday, July 20 (Sunday, July 21, Philippine time) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
But Kagawa's trip was still highlighted by the children he met in Tacloban, where he visited schools and taught them how to play soccer.
"This time, I met many friends in the Philippines and could meet new friends.
I'd like to consider what I can do from now on," wrote Kagawa in a post that wrapped up his whole Tacloban trip.
Kagawa then returned to Manila where he dropped by some homes and shot some hoops with basketball-loving kids along the street.
Kagawa, who is currently on loan to Turkish club Besiktas from German club Borussia Dortmund, has been visiting Tacloban since 2017.
The 30-year-old midfielder, who has been a member of Japan's senior team since 2008, has tallied 31 international goals in 97 caps for the Blue Samurai. – Rappler.com