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Ever Heard Of 51-year-old Japanese, Kazuyoshi Miura who signed a new deal with Yokohama FC. It will be his 34th season as a pro(Photos)

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Ever Heard Of 51-year-old Japanese, Kazuyoshi Miura who signed a new deal with Yokohama FC. It will be his 34th season as a pro.

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Miura, who broke Stanley Matthews’ record as the oldest professional to score a goal in 2017, retired from international football 18 years ago with 89 caps and 55 goals for Japan.

The veteran forward started his career with Santos and spent several years in Brazil before returning to his homeland in 1990 and seeing off the likes of Gary Lineker and Zico to be named MVP in the inaugural J.League season three years later, and is the only player still active from the first season of the J League. 

Miura was also named Asian Player of the Year in 1993 but was controversially left out of Japan’s 1998 World Cup squad, despite scoring 14 goals as the country qualified for the first time.

This season will mark his 34th year as a professional player, but the legendary striker has no plans to slow down. 

Miura turns 52 in February – you wouldn’t put it past him to set a new record for the oldest professional to score a goal at some point in 2019.

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