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The oldest professional footballer in the world has just signed a new contract at 50

Kazuyoshi 'King Kazu' Miura's remarkable career continues

We absolutely love Kazuyoshi Miura here at Dream Team. 

The Japanese striker – who turns 51 next month – holds the records for being the oldest footballer and oldest goalscorer in worldwide professional football.

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And he’s not done yet, having signed a new contract with J2 League side Yokohama FC.

Still going

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Still going

Speaking to the Kyodo news agency, Miura said: “I will always play my heart out and hope to continue to grow (as a player).”

Miura – who’s known as King Kazu in Japan, because why the hell not – will enter his 33rd season as a professional this year, having started out with Brazilian club Santos back in 1986.

The one-time Asian Player of the Year left Japan for Brazil at the age of 15 to pursue his footballing dream in 1982, where he was eventually signed by Santos.

What a career

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What a career

Since then, his journeyman career has seen him turn out for the likes of Palmeiras, Genoa and Dinamo Zagreb, while he’s been at Yokohama since 2005.

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As you’d probably expect, he’s a bit of a hero in Japan.

He made his debut for the national team back in 1990 and fired them to their first ever World Cup in 1998 by scoring 14 goals in qualifying.

He retired from international football in 2000.

Miura celebrated his 50th birthday last February

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Miura celebrated his 50th birthday last February

Back in March, Miura officially became the oldest ever player to feature in a professional match, when he started in Yokohama’s 1–1 draw against V-Varen Nagasaki – surpassing the previous record held by Stanley Matthews

And a week later, he broke Matthews’ record for the oldest goalscorer in professional football, with a goal in the 1–0 win over Thespakusatsu Gunma.

What a legend, eh?

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