Forty-nine year-old former Japan international Kazuyoshi Miura is generally considered the oldest professional football player in the world.
The legendary Japanese striker started in a 2-0 victory over Renofa Yamaguchi last weekend, and although “King Kazu” didn’t score, he was an attacking threat throughout the match.
At at press conference, former Japan futsal national team head coach Miguel Rodrigo said he believed “King Kazu” would become a coach in the future thanks to his playing experience.
“King Kaz, will you still be around in 4-5 years time?”, the coach said, to which Kazuyoshi Miura replied jokingly: “I intend to keep playing until I’m 60 year-old!”.
Kazuyoshi Miura began his career in Brazil at Santos, before returning to Japan and playing a stint with Tokyo Verdy, scoring 118 goals in 197 matches during the 1990s. He joined Yokohama FC in 2005 and has played more than 200 league matches for the club, scoring 23 goals.
“King Kazu” also made 89 appearances for the Samurai Blue, scoring 55 goals.