Though his preparation was impressive, it was modest compared to what Hidetoshi Nakata did. Japan’s first world-class soccer player, Nakata was ready to address reporters in Italian when he moved to Italy as a 21-year-old in 1998. Nakata prepared himself not only for a move to Italy, but other European countries as well. The now-retired playmaker is also said to also speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Russian.
Source: latimes.com – Los Angeles Times