The King Rolls On: J-League Veteran Kazuyoshi Miura Signs New Contract To Play Beyond 51st Birthday

Chris Wright

11th, January 2018

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Good news for fans of near-antiquated footballers: the oldest active professional player in the world, Kazuyoshi Miura, has signed a new contract that will see him play on beyond his 51st birthday.

The man they call ‘The King’ has agreed a new deal with Yokohama FC that will see him begin the 33rd season of his extended career at the J2 League side.

Speaking to the Kyodo news agency, Miura said:

I will always play my heart out and hope to continue to grow as a player.

Miura, who turns 51 at the end of February, made 12 appearances (scoring one goal) for Yokohama last season, so it’s not like he’s simply tagging along as a glorified mascot.

The striker is already the oldest player to feature in a professional, FIFA-recognised match having taken to the pitch aged 50 years and 7 days against V-Varen Nagasaki last march, thus edging past the previous record set by Stanley Matthews (50 years and 5 days) in 1965.

He doesn’t look bad on it, either.