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.
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.
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When Kazuyoshi Miura made his debut in 1986:- bet365 (@bet365) January 11, 2019
- Sir Alex Ferguson was appointed Man Utd manager
- Diego Maradona scored *that* goal vs England
- Gary Lineker came second in the Ballon d'Or
He's just signed *another* deal with Yokohama to continue playing, aged 51.
King Kazu :crown: pic.twitter.com/dpF3RlDa9h
:newspaper: Kazuyoshi Miura, who turns 52 next month, has announced *another* new deal with Yokohama FC.- FourFourTwo :soccer: (@FourFourTwo) January 11, 2019
He's the only active player who was playing when the J.League was formed in 1993.
Legend. :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/ZO9Q7KGPTb
"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."
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