Masato Kudo, a former Japanese international footballer, dies at 32

Former Japanese international Masato Kudo, a J.League star who also had spells in Major League Soccer and Australia, has died at the age of 32 after a brief illness.

The striker, who was now with Tegevajaro Miyazaki in the Japanese third division, died on Friday after being hospitalized in intensive care following brain surgery for hydrocephalus. He had been hospitalized on 3 October.

Kudo won the J.League with Kashiwa Reysol in 2011 and made four caps for his country, scoring twice. He also played for the Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS and for the Brisbane Roar in the A-League.

Tegevajaro called him “a very successful player” who “had no arrogance and a great attitude in loving his teammates, clubs and fans”.

Brisbane manager Warren Moon said: “He had such a wonderful personality and always showed up to practice every morning with a beaming smile on his face.

“We will miss him very much and our hearts are with his wife and daughter in this sad time.”

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