As a renowned football player, Yamaguchi has received several honors including 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup Most Valuable Player and 2017 J.League Best XI. He was included in the Japanese U23 squad from 2010 to 2012.
Hotaru Yamaguchi was born on 6th October 1990, in Nabarim Mie, Japan. Yamaguchi belongs to Asian ethnicity and holds a Japanese nationality. Yamaguchi is of Libra by his birthmark. His father name is Kenichi Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi is the ambassador of Nike. Looking at his market worth it has been stable since 2014 and his price it is recorded to be £1.35 million.
Yamaguchi's annual salary is around €260,000 with a weekly salary of €5K which he earns from his current club. His release clause is reported to be around €3.2 million as of June 2018. Maximum of his net worth is built through his professional career in football and net worth is estimated to be more than $0.2 million.
Yamaguchi commenced in the field of football as a youth player at Cerezo Osaka Youth in 2003. He was promoted to the first team in 2009. He later left the club after scoring 11 goals in 142 appearances.
In the year 2016, he had a short-spell at Hannover 96 where he played 6 games. On 1st July 2016, he was transferred to Cerezo Osaka in a deal worth £1.35 million. He has so far scored 1 goal in 19 appearances. He is the member of the team that won 2017 J.League Cup and Emperor's Cup.
Hotaru Yamaguchi was listed to the Japan-21 team in 2010 and led the team to win 2010 Asian Games. On 21st June 2013, he made his international debut in 3-3 draw with China during the East Asian Football Championship. Along with his team, he has been honored with 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup.
On 5th August 2015, Yamaguchi netted his first international goal at 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup against South Korea. Afterward, his second goal came on 6th October 2016, against Iraq during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.
As of 19th June 2018, he was listed on the 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup 2018 along with Masaaki Higashiguchi.
His team won their opening match against Colombia via 2-1. During the match, Japan's striker Shinji Kagawa scored an opening goal in the 6th minute by penalty. Following this, Colombia's Juan Fernando Quintero scored a continental goal in 39th minute. Later, Yuya Osako netted a winning goal in 73rd minute leading the team into 2-1 victory.
Hotaru Yamaguchi is 1.73m tall in his height and weighs around 64kg. Yamaguchi has kept his personal life low in the media. The 27-year old, Hotaru is yet to get involved in a serious relationship.