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Striker Kazuyoshi Miura signs new professional contract aged 50

Veteran Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura, 50, has signed a new deal with his second division club Yokohama FC, with him set to play in the 33rd season of his career.

Kazu, as he’s commonly called, began his record-breaking professional career at the Brazilian side Santos in 1986 and has won himself 89 caps and scored 55 international goals for Japan – in an international career that he retired from in 2000.

Miura, who turns 51 next year, also netted 139 goals in his country’s domestic J-League top division, placing him sixth in the league’s all-time list of top scorers.

He has been at current club Yokohama FC since 2005, and also spent a brief spell in Europe playing for Genoa and Dinamo Zagreb.

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

He left Santos later that same year for Palmeiras. One of his teammates at Palmeiras was Mirandinha, who in 1987 became the first Brazilian to play in English football after joining Newcastle United for £575,000.

Miura also saw off star imports such as Gary Lineker and Zico to become top scorer and MVP of the inaugural Japanese J-League season in 1993.

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