This 50-year-old just became the world’s oldest pro goal-scorer
Age really is just a number and for the proof, look no further than “King Kazu.”
Kazuyoshi Miura has become the oldest professional goal-scorer at 50 years and 13 days old. The Yokohama FC striker notched a goal Saturday vs. Thespa Kusatsu in Japan’s second division to secure a 1-0 win.
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Not bad at all. Opportunistic? Sure. But it’s an emphatic finish and the goal celebration just puts it over the top.
“I’m glad to contribute to a win,” Miura said afterward, downplaying the moment. “I’m always looking to score but had a good feeling about today’s game.”
While there aren’t official stats on this, it appears that Miura, nicknamed King Kazu, is the oldest goal-scorer in professional soccer. It was only a week ago that Miura beat the longevity record set by former England international Stanley Matthews, who played until he was 50 years and 5 days old.
Miura is currently playing in his 32nd season of his soccer career. He has played for Brazil’s Santos and Italy’s Genoa early in his career, and has represented Japan 89 times, scoring 55 goals, but has never played at the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who turned heads by announcing his plans to play at Real Madrid until he is 41, better take some notes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.