Kazuyoshi 'King Kazu' Miura signs new Yokohama deal at 52

One of the longest careers in football has been extended after 52-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura signed a contract with J-League club Yokohama FC on Saturday.

Miura, who turns 53 on Feb. 26, will enter his 35th season this year.

"I was able to renew my contract with Yokohama FC for the 2020 season," Miura said in a statement.

"I hope to enjoy playing football and remember to be grateful as I make an effort to achieve the club's goal of staying in the J1. I'll work hard to contribute to the team's wins."

Miura played in just three matches last year and did not score any goals but extended his record as the oldest player in the J-League.

Miura joined Yokohama in 2005 and in March of 2017 became the oldest player to appear in a professional match at the age of 50 years and seven days, catching global media attention by surpassing England legend Stanley Matthews' longevity record.

Nicknamed "King Kazu," Miura played for Brazilian club Santos and in Italy with Genoa earlier in his career, and represented Japan's national team 89 times, scoring 55 goals.

Yokohama open the season on Feb. 23 against Vissel Kobe.