51-Year-Old Football Player Renews Contract

51-Year-Old Football Player Renews Contract51-Year-Old Football Player Renews Contract

Japanese forward Kazuyoshi Miura, who turns 51 next month, has signed a new contract with Yokohama FC, the J-League, Japan Professional Football League, second division club announced on Thursday.

The new deal means “King Kazu” will enter the 33rd season of his record-breaking career, which began at the Brazilian club Santos in 1986.

“I’ve signed a contract extension for this season. I will always play my heart out and hope to continue to grow (as a player),” Kyodo news agency, based in Tokyo, quoted him as saying.

Miura played in 12 league games last year and scored one goal, breaking his own record as the J-League’s oldest scorer. The former Genoa and Dinamo Zagreb player has been at Yokohama FC since 2005. Playing 89 times for Japan national team, Miura’s 139 goals place him sixth in the all-time list of top scorers in J-League’s top division.

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