Kazuyoshi Miura, the world’s earliest professional football gamer, is set to keep playing at age 54 after extending the contract with his Japanese group Yokohama FC for another season.

“King Kazu”, as he’s called by the fans, is set to play his 36th season as a professional footballer after starting his career with Santos in Brazil in 1986.

The season starts the day after his 54th birthday on February 26.

“My aspirations and my enthusiasm for football are only growing,” he said in a statement.

Last season Miura made four appearances in the J-League, to which his club secured promotion at the end of 2019 for the very first time since 2007.

The striker is one of the most revered sportsmen in Japan and was at the leading edge of the nation’s football boom in the early 1990s when he was the poster kid of the recently released league in 1993.

He led Verdy Kawasaki to the title in 1993 and 1994 before relocating to Italy, where he spent a season in Serie A with Genoa.

He also made 4 looks for Sydney FC throughout the inaugural A-League season in 2005-06 and has actually played in Croatia in addition to at other at other Japanese sides.

Miura won the Asian Cup with Japan in 1992 however lost out on representing his nation on their launching appearance at the World Cup finals in France 6 years later.