51-Year Old Kazuyoshi Miura Is The Only Player From FIFA 96 Playing Professionally

The phrase 'age is just a number' is thrown around a lot but it applies to Japanese player Kazuyoshi Miura more than anyone else.

Soon to be 52 when he celebrates his birthday next month, he is the only player to have appeared in FIFA 96 and still be playing professionally.

The legendary Francesco Totti was also a permanent fixture in EA Sports' franchise game over the years, appearing in FIFA 96 as an 86-rated forward and remaining in the series right up to his last bow in FIFA 17.

Miura, nicknamed 'King Kazu', started his career way back in 1986 when Lionel Richie was number one in the charts. He scored 55 goals in 89 games for Japan and turned out for clubs such as Santos, Genoa, Dinamo Zagreb and Sydney FC.dd

Unfortunately, because his side are only in the second tier of Japanese football, you are not able to play with him on this year's FIFA.

They finished third in the J-League 2 and were the favourites to take the final promotion spot but lost to sixth-place Tokyo Verdy in the play-offs.

But that's not say he want get one final FIFA appearance under his belt, having signed a new contract extension ahead of his 34th season as a professional.

"I updated the contract for the 2019 season," Miura said. "Thanks to everyone who always supports. I am grateful to everyone.

"I will participate in many matches in one game, I will not waste it for one minute, one second.

"I think that I want to go face to face with football and go to daily training with maximum power."

Josh Lawless

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