World’s oldest footballer Kazuyoshi Miura extends contract

Kazuyoshi Miura

The world’s oldest footballer has no intention of retiring as he aims to continue playing towards his 50th birthday.

Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura has added a further 12 months to his deal with Yokohama FC, which will see him tied down beyond his 49th birthday next February.

“I am thankful to the club staff and to the supporters who have always supported me – I will continue to give everything I have,” he told Kyodo News.

Miura’s professional career began in 1986 – 29 years ago – and he signed for his current club, who play in Japan’s second division, in 2005.

He has enjoyed had spells in Italy with Genoa and Brazil with Santos, although his career has largely been spent in his homeland.

During a 10-year international career, the 48-year-old made 89 appearances for Japan and scored 55 goals.

His last goal came in June, when he grabbed the winner in a league game four months after turning 48.

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