Japanese footballer Kazuyoshi Miura is set to continue playing football in his 50’s after he agreed a new deal with second division Yokohama FC on Wednesday.
The 49-year-old who turns 50 on February 26 will be playing his thirty-second season as a professional footballer thanks to the new 12-month contract.
“I hope to keep fighting with all my might together with people involved with the club, my team-mates and supporters who have always given me support,”
The former Japanese international, who scored 55 goals in 89 appearances, started his career in Brazil at the age of seventeen.
He played for several south American clubs including Santos before returning to Japan in 1990. He joined Yomiuri FC and then Tokyo Verdy which was a powerhouse in the J. League’s inaugural 1993 season.
Miura famously had loan spells with Italian Serie A side Genoa in the 1994-95 season and another with Dinamo Zagreb in 1999.
He also played for Kyoto Sanga and Vissel Kobe before joining current side Yokohama FC in 2005. That same year, he had another short loan spell with Sydney FC where he featured at the Club World Championships now called the Club World Cup.
In the last campaign, Miura managed to score twice in his 20 league appearances breaking a record he previously held as the oldest scorer in Japanese professional football.
The Japanese footballer also has the record of being the oldest player to appear in the Emperor’s Cup tournament.
Other notable outfield football players to have played professionally well passed the usual age of retirement include Rivaldo, Teddy Sheringham and Aleksandar Duric.