Japan great Kazuyoshi Miura signs deal that guarantees he'll still be playing after 50

He started his career all the way back in 1986

BY Raf Diallo 16:51 Wednesday 11 January 2017, 16:51 11 Jan 2017

Kazuyoshi Miura of Japan warms up prior to a FIFA Futsal World Cup second round match against Ukraine, in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

Pretty much every one of the footballers who were still playing in the 1980s have hung up their boots and moved on to other things.

That is definitely not the case for Japan's second all time national team top scorer Kazuyoshi Miura.

After leaving his home country and heading off to Brazil on his own as a teenager, the Shizuoka City native started his professional career in 1986 with Pele's long time club Santos.

He would later play in Europe briefly in the 1990s with Italian side Genoa and Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb.

He played for Japan for a decade between 1990 and 2000 and in that time, Miura scored 55 international goals in 89 caps, which leaves him second on the all time list.

He also scored 14 goals to help Japan to their debut World Cup in 1998, although he was left out of the squad for that tournament.

Indeed, back in 1998, yours truly can still remember Miura appearing in a World Cup preview magazine when he was already a veteran at 31 years of age.

Almost a full two decades on from that World Cup, and Miura is 49 years old.

Yet he has not retired from playing and has no plans to stop any time soon either.

Turning 50 at the end of February, he has signed a new one year contract with his current club Yokohama FC, who play in the Japanese second divison J2 League. 

And it's not like he is not producing. During the 2016 season, Miura scored two goals for the club in 20 appearances.

"I hope to keep fighting with all my might together with people involved with the club, my team-mates and supporters who have always given me support," he said as the deal was confirmed.

 

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