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Japanese footballer, Kazuyoshi Miura signs new contract at age 53

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The oldest goalscorer in Japanese football and the world's oldest professional footballer, Kazuyoshi Miura, has signed a new deal with his club. 

King Kazu has inked a new deal to which will see him play until he turns 54 on February 26.

 

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In a statement released via the club, Miura said his "hopes and passion for football are only increasing" despite making only seven league appearances in the past two years.

“Last season, I was feeling the joy of playing football at a time when the world was facing a tough situation because of the new coronavirus,” he said.

Miura's last goal came in March 2017, when he scored in a 1-0 win over ThespaKusatsu Gunma in Japan's second tier at the age of 50 years and 14 days. It made him the oldest player to score in a professional league match in Japan.

Having started his career with Santos in 1986, Miura became the face of the J-League after its launch in 1993, having been the first Japanese winner of the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 1992. 

Miura has scored 55 goals in 89 international appearances for Japan and won the Asian Cup in 1992.

He has played for Genoa, Dinamo Zagreb and Sydney FC.

He is one of only three men to score more than 50 goals for Japan, along with Kunishige Kamamoto and Shinji Okazaki.

 

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