Record-breaking Japanese star Kazuyoshi Miura has signed a new contract with J1 League side Yokohama.
‘King Kazu’, the oldest goalscorer in Japanese professional football, has committed to his 17th season with the club and the 36th overall in his storied career.
Miura turns 54 on February 26, the day before the J1 League campaign is due to get underway.
Last September, he became the oldest player in the top-flight’s history against Kawasaki Frontale at the age of 53 years and 210 days – he went on to make three more appearances that season.
In a statement released via the club, Miura said his “hopes and passion for football are only increasing” despite making only seven league appearances in the past two years.
53 – Kazuyoshi Miura set a record as the oldest player ever to play in J1 with his appearance against Kawasaki Frontale today (53 years, 210 days). King. pic.twitter.com/o5ikGhUnTo
— OptaJiro (@OptaJiro) September 23, 2020
Miura’s last goal came in March 2017, when he scored in a 1-0 win over ThespaKusatsu Gunma in Japan’s second tier at the age of 50 years and 14 days. It made him the oldest player to score in a professional league match in Japan.
Having started his career with Santos in 1986, Miura became the face of the J-League after its launch in 1993, having been the first Japanese winner of the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 1992.
Miura, who scored 55 goals in 89 international appearances for Japan, also had spells with Genoa, Dinamo Zagreb and Sydney FC.
He is one of only three men to score more than 50 goals for Japan, along with Kunishige Kamamoto and Shinji Okazaki.