Every athlete sets personal goals but for one 51-year-old Japanese athlete his is “GOOOOOOOOOAL!”
Soccer star Kazuyoshi Miura is set to return for his 34th year of professional play after inking a one-year deal to return to his Yokohama FC squad, reported BBC Sport.
The striker broke the legendary Stanley Matthews’ half-century record as the oldest professional soccer player to score a goal back in 2017. Playing for Stoke City in 1964, Matthews, then 49, scored his final goal.
“I think that I want to go face-to-face with football and go to daily training with maximum power,” said Miura, who will turn 52 by the start of next season.
During his illustrious career that began in 1986, Miura tallied 12 goals in World Cup qualifiers.
He failed to score during his nine appearances during the 2018 season, in which Yokohama lost in the playoffs. But he did win a Croatian league title in 1999 with superteam Dinamo Zagreb.
In 2005, He joined Yokohama FC at the age of 38 and has made more than 250 appearances for the team.
As for the longevity of his career and taking things for granted, Miura is grateful for yet another chance to prove his worth on the pitch.
“I will not waste it for one minute, one second,” vowed Miura.
Among his other career highlights are being named Most Valuable Player of the Japanese League in 1993. He cemented the honor by being top scorer that season. Miura was also named Asian Player of the Year that same season.