Kazuyoshi Miura: Japanese striker signs new deal at 50

Kazuyoshi Miura: Japanese striker signs new deal at 50

- Striker Kazuyoshi Miura signs contract extension at Japanese side Yokohama FC

- The 50-year-old will be 51 in February and will play the new season in the second division side

- Muira joined current club Yokohama FC as a 38-year-old in 2005 and has played over 200 league games

- The striker has played for clubs like Genoa and Dinamo Zagreb and Coritiba and Santos in Brazil

Kazuyoshi Miura has signed a new contract with Japanese second division club Yokohama FC.

The deal means the 50-year-old will enter the 33rd season of his record-breaking career, which began at Brazilian side Santos in 1986.

Miura will be 51-year-old next in February 2018 and he the former Genoa and Dinamo Zagreb player has promised to continue growing.

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"I will always play my heart out and hope to continue to grow (as a player)," he told Kyodo news agency.

Kazuyoshi Miura: Japanese striker signs new deal at 50

Kazuyoshi Miura will continue playing in his 50's. Photo: Alchetron.com

Miura who has been capped 89 times by his country has been a player at Yokohama since 2005.

The Japanese striker's 139 goals place him sixth in the all-time list of top scorers in J-League's top division.

When he was just 15-years-old, Miura left Japan to travel to Brazil to pursue his football dream in 1982 where he was eventually signed by Santos, for whom he made his professional debut in 1986 at the age of 19.

Miura left Santos for Palmeiras later that same year.

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The striker was top scorer and MVP of the inaugural Japanese J.League season in 1993, seeing off star imports such as Gary Lineker and Zico to both accolades.

His J.League exploits saw him become the first Japanese recipient of the Asian Player of the Year award in 1993.

He made his Japan debut in 1990 and scored 14 goals in qualifying to help his country to their first ever World Cup appearance in 1998. Controversially, he omitted from the final squad for France and retired from international football two years later, having scored 55 goals in 89 appearances.

He has played in Europe for Genoa and Dinamo Zagreb, winning the Croatian league title with the latter in 1999.

Muira joined current club Yokohama FC as a 38-year-old in 2005. Has since made over 200 league appearances for the club in 12-years.

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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