ROME – Yuto Nagatomo becomes a cartoon. The former Inter and Cesena fullback, who currently plays with Galatasaray in the Turkish and Champions League, will in fact appear in a special episode of Captain Tsubasa , known in Italy as Holly and Benji , one of the most famous manga in the world among those dedicated to football, published in Italy by Star Comics. The defender of the Japanese national football team will have to play himself.
As Sky Sport writes, the episode with Yuto Nagatomo as the protagonist will be broadcast on November 3rd during the annual program "FNS27-Jikan Terebi Nihon no Sport wa Tsuyoi!".
The television appointment will focus on the human treasures of Japan, a list of which Nagatomo is part having exported Japanese football to Italy and Turkey, and will also see the intervention of Yoichi Takahashi, author of the original manga, who will describe his work and how the Captain Tsubasa manga was created.
As Sky Sport remembers, it is not the first time that a football player in the flesh becomes the protagonist of Holly and Benji, in the past it fell to the Italian soccer star Roberto Baggio in Captain Tsubasa J.
Nagatomo is the most loved footballer in Japan. A graduate in Political Economy from the Meiji University in Tokyo, he usually celebrates his goals with a bow, a gesture typical of Japanese culture. Since 2017 he is married to the actress Airi Taira, from whom he had a son, born in 2018.
Physical player minute but compact, he stood out for his great speed on the band with the ball and chain, for the precise crosses towards the center area or even set back to outside the area, for the ability to sacrifice and for the good technical skills that they made it possible to move at speed both in narrow and wide spaces.
Another important feature is the ductility, thanks to which it could be used as a left-back (his main role) or right-back, outside midfield and more rarely as a central defender, a position in which he made up for his poor height with a surprising elevation due to the mighty musculature (sources Sky Sport and Wikipedia).
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