'46-year-old proves legends are timeless' - Goal's World Player of the Week Kazuyoshi Miura

World Player of the Week
Kazuyoshi Miura
AGE 46

Yokohama FC
3-1 Tochigi

They say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. The quite remarkable Kazuyoshi Miura would beg to differ.

On Wednesday, 'King Kazu' opened the scoring just 16 seconds into Yokohama FC's J-League Division 2 clash with Tochigi SC, meaning that, at 46 years, four months and seven days, the evergreen forward broke his own record as the oldest scorer in the history of the Japanese professional game.

Miura's fine left-footed finish, coming as it had after a sublime first touch with his right, was testament to his enduring class. However, Miura revealed afterwards that he also owes Brazil superstar Neymar a debt of gratitude.

“I received a nice pass," the veteran is quoted as saying by AFP. "The rest was the same as Neymar. I have watched his games many times and my left-footed shot was just like his."

On the face of it, Miura making such a comparison might seem somewhat bombastic, but the admission that he is still studying the movement and technique of the game's top players underlines just why he is still going strong at an age when most players have long since retired.

"While most observers would laugh at any 46-year-old's attempt to compare himself to Brazilian phenomenon Neymar, the outlandish statement was almost believable when delivered by the one and only Kazuyoshi Miura," Goal Japan's Dan Orlowitz reasons.

"With a professional career that has stretched from Brazil to Japan over a 27-year span, the Yokohama FC talisman continues to draw fans eager to see one of the J-League's 'founding fathers,' even in the country's second division.

"Miura's 16th-second stunner against Tochigi proved that while players come and go, legends are timeless."

Congratulations to Kazuyoshi Miura, Goal's 217th World Player of the Week winner!

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