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53-Year-Old Kazuyoshi Miura Has Now Played In Five Different Decades

53-Year-Old Kazuyoshi Miura Has Now Played In Five Different Decades

53-year-old Kazuyoshi Miura has reached another historic milestone in his record-breaking career after becoming the oldest player in the history of the J-League.

Having signed a new one-year contract in January this year, Miura is in his 35th season as a professional footballer and started upfront in Yokohama FC's 3-2 defeat to Kawasaki, aged 53 and 210 days.

The previous record was held by Masashi Nakayama, who was 45 years, 2 months and one day at the time he made history in the Japanese top flight.

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Starting his career all the way back in 1986 when Lionel Richie was number one in the charts, 'King Kazu' scored 55 goals in 89 games for Japan and turned out for clubs such as Santos, Genoa, Dinamo Zagreb, Sydney FC, Palmeiras, XV de Jaú and Coritiba.

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Three years older than Paris Saint-Germain, the former Asian Footballer of the Year played for Verdy Kawasaki from 1990 to 1998 and made 192 appearances for the club, finding the net 100 times.

One of his other longest stints came when he turned out for Vissel Kobe from 2001 to 2005, making 103 appearances and notching 24 goals.

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Proving age really is just a number by turning out professionally in five different decades, he's the only player from the FIFA 96 game to still be playing professionally and fans will now finally get to play with the record-breaker 25 years on in FIFA 21 after Yokohama were promoted to the J1 League.

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He's currently playing in the same Yokohama side as fellow Japanese legend Shunsuke Nakamura, who is best known for being a free-kick king with Celtic.

He too is going strong at the age of 42, which kept Yokohama's average age of their starting XI very high today.

Topics: Kazuyoshi Miura, Football News, Football, Japan, J League

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