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Japanese legend Kazuyoshi Miura is officially football’s oldest ever player

It’s official; Kazuyoshi Miura is an age-defying MACHINE.

The Japanese veteran forward has officially become football’s oldest EVER professional.


Miura, who plays for J League second division club Yokohama, played for 54 minutes in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against V-Varen Nagasaki.

And having played at the grand old age of 50 years and seven days, he has beaten former England international Stanley Matthews’ record of 50 years and five days that was set way back in 1965.


Speaking to FIFA, the Japanese superstar said: “I don’t actually feel like I’ve gone past a legend. I may have surpassed him in longevity but I won’t ever be able to match his statistics and the career he had.”

Matthews has held the record since representing Stoke City against Fulham in the last game of the 1964–65 season.


Miura’s long career began with Brazilian side Santos in 1986.

Despite mostly playing in Japan, Miura has had spells in Europe during his career, notably with Italian side Genoa.

He’s represented Japan’s national team 89 times and scored a cool 55 goals for the national side, but unfortunately never played at a World Cup.