Footballers retire from the game as late as 40, but for Kazuyoshi Muira, a Japanese footballer, who is not even a goalkeeper but a striker, playing even past 50 isn’t a problem for him at all.
The striker who plays for Japanese J1 League club, Yokohama Fc has just put pen to paper at age 53 to continue playing the game even as he urges closer to his 54th birthday which will be on the 26th of August.
The new J1 League season begins on the 27th of August and this will be Kazuyoshi Miura’s 17th season at Yokohama Fc but he has been playing professional football for 36 seasons now and is in the records for the oldest goalscorer in the J-League.
He also holds the records for being the oldest footballer and oldest goalscorer in worldwide professional leagues at the age of 50 and, as of 2020, is the oldest active professional footballer in the world at 53.
Kazuyoshi Miura started playing football in 1986 and has turned out for clubs such as Santos, Palmeiras, Visel Kobe, Verdy Kawasaki, Genoa, Dynamo Zagreb Sydney Fc and Yokohama, whom he joined in 2005, and others.
He is amongst a very few people to have scored more than 50 goals for the Japanese National Team and has been the first Japanese to win the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 1992.
He has scored 55 goals in 89 appearances for the Japanese National Team.
Yokohama Fc shared the news of the contract renewal for Miura on their Twitter account.
— 横浜FC【公式】 (@yokohama_fc) January 11, 2021