Miura holds the records for being the oldest goalscorer in worldwide professional leagues at the age of 50 and, as of 2021, is the oldest professional footballer in the world at 54. He also holds the possibly unique distinction of having played professional football in five separate decades (1980s–2020s).
Fritz Pollard In 1920, Fritz Pollard became the first African-American to play in the NFL during its formative years. However, in the years after Fritz’s departure, the NFL owners imposed a “gentleman’s agreement” preventing the signing of more black players. The four men below are credited with re-integrating the NFL in 1946.
Kazuoyshi Miura All retired. Yet Kazuoyshi Miura still stands, celebrating his 54th birthday today, raring to go for Yokohama FC once more on the eve of the J. League’s 2021 season. For those counting at home, that’s a career that has spanned across five decades for the world’s oldest active professional footballer.Feb 25, 2021