Kazuyoshi Miura, a 53-year-old Japanese striker, signed a contract extension with a Japanese League (J-League) club, Yokohama FC, on Monday, which will make him play into his 36th season as a professional.
He said: “I have renewed my contract with Yokohama FC for the 2021 season.
“Last season, the world was in a difficult situation because of the coronavirus pandemic, but thanks to many people, we are able to feel the joy of playing soccer. I felt that the last season wasn’t my best, but my own ambitions and passion for soccer have kept growing.
“I will play more games this season and would like to work hard every day toward contributing to my team’s victory.”
Miura will be 54 years when the new J-League season begins at the end of February.
He made his professional debut in 1986 at age of 19-year-old when he featured for the Brazilian side Santos.
He led Verdy Kawasaki, J-league club, to a back-to-back titles win in 1993 and 1994, when he returned to Japan after a successful career in Brazil.
He was on loan at Genoa, Seria A club, in 1994 – becoming the first Japanese to play in the Italian first division. Also, he had a stints in Croatia and Australia
On the International scene, Miura had a wonderful career with Japan, where he won the Asian Cup in 1992, finishing with 55 goals in 89 games before he retired from international football in 2000, and becoming the second highest goals scorer in Japanese national team history.
He signed for his current club, Yokohama FC, in 2005, which means he’s on his 17th season at the club.
He made a record of becoming the oldest player to ever scored in a professional match when he scored against Thespakusatsu Gunma in Japan’s second division at 50 years and 14 days in 2017.
He also helped Yokohama secure promotion to Japan’s top division at the end of the 2019 season.
He’s indeed a legend with his age, years in football and goals scored.