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53-year-old signs contract extension to play in his 36th professional season

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Kazuyoshi Miura just can't give up playing football. The now-53-year-old striker signed a contract extension with Yokohama FC on January 11, meaning he will play into his 36th season as a professional.

(CNN)Kazuyoshi Miura just can't give up playing football.

The now-53-year-old striker signed a contract extension with Yokohama FC on Monday, meaning he will play into his 36th season as a professional.

"I have renewed my contract with Yokohama FC for the 2021 season," Miura said in a statement.

"Last season, the world was in a difficult situation because of the coronavirus pandemic, but thanks to many people, we are able to feel the joy of playing soccer.

"I will play more games this season and would like to work hard every day toward contributing to my team's victory. "

Miura made his professional debut back in 1986 as a 19-year-old when he appeared for Brazilian side Santos -- before football superstar Lionel Messi was even born.

He won the Asian Cup in 1992, finishing with 55 goals in 89 games when he retired from international football in 2000 -- the second-most career goals in Japanese national team history.

He signed for Yokohama FC in 2005, meaning this upcoming season will be his 17th at the club.

In 2017, he became the oldest player to score in a professional match when he scored against Thespakusatsu Gunma in Japan's second division at 50 years and 14 days.

He also helped Yokohama secure promotion to Japan's top division at the end of the 2019 season.

"Return of the King," the J-League said in its announcement on Twitter.

He only played four league games -- and two club games -- last season for Yokohama.

Unbelievable - 36 seasons!!!!" the 2014 World Cup winner said.

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