We’re constantly reminded that age is only a number, which is incredibly reassuring to those of us who are hurtling towards 30 and beyond.
On the football pitch, however, age is more often than not, a problem. It’s not unusual to see a goalkeeper remain between the sticks long into their twilight years but for strikers such as Wayne Rooney, who have built a career on blistering pace and striking fear into defences, the inevitable loss of a few yards can land you in the middle of a bidding war between the MLS and Chinese Super League.
This week, one of the greatest tales was written into footballing folklore yet, it’s very likely that you haven’t heard about it – this is because it took place in Japan and the J-League have no playable teams on FIFA 17 so is, therefore, redundant to many of us, right?
Rolling back the years to a time when he was a petulant teenager, Kazuyoshi Miura defied mother nature and father time in one fell swoop by scoring the winner in Yokohama FC’s 1-0 win over Thespa Kusatsu just seven days after turning 50.
Mirua made his professional debut for Brazilian outfit Santos in 1986, making this his 32nd season in a row. To put things into perspective, the former Japan international had an unsuccessful trial with Bournemouth in 1990, two years before current top scorer Josh King was even born!
If you’re still not impressed because he scored in the Japanese 2nd tier, watch the video below to take a look at the oldest goalscorers to grace the likes of the Premier League, the Champions League and the World Cup…