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World’s oldest footballer Kazuyoshi signs contract to play into his 50s

World’s oldest footballer Kazuyoshi signs contract to play into his 50s

Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura, who is the oldest active footballer, is set to take his professional football career into his 50s after signing a new contract with second-tier Yokohama FC, BBC reports.

Miura turns 50 on February 26 about the time the 2017 campaign begins.

Speaking after signing a one-year contract, Miura said he will keep fighting for his team.

World’s oldest footballer Kazuyoshi signs contract to play into his 50s

World’s oldest footballer Kazuyoshi signs contract to play into his 50s

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He said: "I hope to keep fighting with all my might together with people involved with the club, my team-mates and supporters who have always given me support.”

Miura is the oldest scorer in the history of the domestic league after netting at the age of 49 last seasons. He enters his 32nd season in professional football.

The 49-year-old striker retired from international football 17 years ago.

Miura, who has played in Europe, scored 55 goals in 89 caps for Japan.

He started his career in Brazil with Santos, making his professional debut in 1986, and had brief spells with Genoa and Dinamo Zagreb in the 1990s.

The forward joined Yokohama in 2005, at the age of 38.

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