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55-year-old Japanese player becomes oldest active professional goalscorer in history

Max Sherry

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55-year-old Japanese player becomes oldest active professional goalscorer in history

Kazuyoshi Miura has become the oldest active professional goal-scorer in history.

The Japanese star etched his name into football's history books once again after slotting home a penalty for Suzuka Point Getters.

His successful spot kick, which he buried with ease into the top right-hand corner, means me now sets the record for the oldest goal-scorer of all-time.

Miura is 55 years and 246 days old and into his 37th year as a pro.

Plying his trade in the Japanese fourth-tier, the former international was substituted on in the 84th minute with his side 2-0 up away to Tiamo Hirakata.

And despite only being on the pitch for a matter of minutes, the veteran was called into action to convert from the spot.

After finding the back of the net, Miura wheeled away in celebration, even pulling off a cheeky dance move before being mobbed by his teammates.

Records aside, you can see why it meant so much to him as it was his first goal since March of 2017 during his stint with Yokohama FC.

His side went on to win 3-1.

The previous record for the oldest goal-scorer in the JFL was 42 years and 50 days set by ex-FC Ryukyu player Hideki Nagai back in 2013.

In terms of other famous - slightly older - goal-scorers, there's a few recognisable faces at the top.

The oldest scorer in Premier League history is Teddy Sheringham, who was 40 years and 268 days old when he got on the scoresheet to help West Ham beat Portsmouth 2-1 back in 2006.

On the international stage, only one name surely springs to mind.

Cameroon icon Roger Milla is the World Cup's oldest goalscorer, taking the 1994 tournament by storm at the age of 42 years and 39 days old.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Australia, Japan, Football, Kazuyoshi Miura

Max Sherry
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