Melbourne Victory’s signing of Japanese star Keisuke Honda made headlines in Australia and around the world, we take a look at the best of the reaction.
Honda’s global following & large personal brand, coupled with the fact he was the biggest signing in the Victory’s history meant the news generated record-breaking interest in the Club’s digital content.
— Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) August 6, 2018
The announcement video was the Club’s biggest ever tweet in terms of engagement and impressions, single-handedly beating the total stats from 2018 Grand Final Day.
In the two weeks following the initial announcement there was:
- 4,815,851 Twitter impressions
- 4,115,766 Facebook impressions
- 1,085,555 Instagram impressions
Global media reaction
The news made headlines right around the world and was picked up by notable online outlets too.
The FIFA World Cup account, with almost 7,000,000 followers shared our article introducing Honda to Victory fans.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) August 6, 2018
Other media outlets, including Bleacher Report, Goal Japan and Squawka Football also covered the news.
Keisuke Honda is a Melbourne Victory player! 🇦🇺🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/loX9ORRXsY
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 6, 2018
— Goal Japan (@GoalJP_Official) August 15, 2018
Keisuke Honda signs for A-League's Melbourne Victory – https://t.co/FgY83bZd4m
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) August 6, 2018
Keisuke Honda is officially a Melbourne Victory player. 🇦🇺
The Japanese midfielder introduces today's Squawka Suggests. pic.twitter.com/i8D30SxkkS
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 15, 2018