Kazuyoshi Miura’s Married Wife and Children: Meet The Footballer’s Partner Risako Shitara and Kids; Ryota, Kota

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Japan’s professional soccer player Kazuyoshi Miura has been married to Risako Shitara since 1993 and has two children. Let’s meet his family; his wife and kids.

The world’s oldest soccer player decided not to hang up his cleats this week, signing a new contract extension that ensures he’ll play until he’s 57 years old.

The second-tier Portugal club Oliveirense shared on social media Tuesday (July 11, 2023) that Kazuyoshi Miura signed a new extension, tweeting “Miura Kazu continues at UD Oliveirense” alongside a ticking clock.

Miura, 56, has played professional soccer since 1982 when he joined the Brazilian club Juventes’ youth squad. Throughout his career, the striker has played for club teams in his native Japan, Brazil, Italy, Croatia, and Australia.

He also played on Japan’s national team from 1990 until 2000, coming out of international retirement to play for the team briefly in 2012. Throughout his international career, he scored 55 goals in 89 games.

And if you want to know about his love life, yes, he’s married with kids. In fact, he is a committed husband and a responsible father. Read on for more about his wife and children.

Who is Kazuyoshi Miura married to?

Japanese professional footballer Kazuyoshi Miura, often known simply as Kazu, was born on February 26, 1967, in Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan.

He is currently 56 years old (as of 2023) stands at a height is 5’ 10” or 1.77 m and weighs around 78 kg.

In 1982, Miura left the Shizuoka Gakuen High School after less than a year and traveled alone to Brazil at the age of fifteen to become a professional footballer there. He signed with the youth squad of São Paulo side Juventus, and in 1986, Miura signed his first professional contract with Santos. He played for several other Brazilian clubs, including Palmeiras and Coritiba, until his return to Japan in 1990.

11 years after he got his start as a footballer, he settled down with one of the most beautiful women from Japan.

So, who is Kazuyoshi Miura’s wife? Since 1993, Kazu has been married to former actress and model Risako Shitara at the Catholic Himonya Church (Salesian Church), in Tokyo, Japan. His partner is a popular Japanese mass-media personality. The couple share two kids together.

Kazuyoshi Miura's Married Wife and Children: Meet The Footballer's Partner Risako Shitara and Kids; Ryota, Kota
Kazu’s wife Risako is a model and an actress

Who is Risako Miura?

Risako Miura is a Japanese-American actress and fashion model best known worldwide as Kazuyoshi Miura’s wife.

She was born on January 13, 1968, in New York, New York, United States.

Risako Miura is a prestigious entertainer who made her presentation execution in the TV arrangement Aitai Toki ni Anata wa Inai in 1991. She depicted the job of Kozue Furukawa.

Additionally, In 1992, she got an opportunity to work in the TV film named Tantei Kamizu Kyôsuke no satsujin suiri 11: Misshitsu kara kieta bijo (1992) as a character named Kaori Shimizu.

As per IMDB, some of her movies and Tv shows include Bokura no jidai (2007), Inamura Jane 1990, Tobosha, Kono Mune no Tokimeki wo, Saturday Night at the Teatre, and a few others.

Risako Miura keeps her own life hidden. Indeed, she attempts to get her folks far from the spotlight. She was born in New York and later on, moved to Japan. Consequently, she has an American-Japanese ethnicity.

Talking about her physical status, Miura has a decent tallness of 1.68 m tall with a striking body character.

What is Risako Miura’s net worth? While her soccer player husband, Kazu has an estimated current net worth of $18 million (other sources peg it at $5 million), Risako is worth between $500,000 and $1 million.

Kazuyoshi Miura's Married Wife and Children: Meet The Footballer's Partner Risako Shitara and Kids; Ryota, Kota
Kazu with his wife and two sons.
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Does Kazuyoshi Miura have any children?

Japanese professional footballer Kazuyoshi Miura and his wife of 30 years, Risako Shitara, have two children (all sons) in total. Their kids’ names are Ryota Miura and Kota Miura.

Interestingly, all their children are adults and famous. Their first son, Ryota is following in his mom’s footsteps in acting, and his younger brother follows in their father’s footsteps as an athlete.

Ryota Miura

He is the first child of Kazu Miura and Risako. He was born on September 5, 1997, in Toyko, Japan.

He is 25 years old.

He is an actor, known for Love You as the World Ends (2021), Kanojo no sukinamonowa (2021) and Ousama ni Sasagu Kusuriyubi (2023).

Kota Miura

Kota Miura is the second child of footballer Kazuyoshi Miura and model Risako Miura and he was born on May 28, 2002, in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan.

He is a famous MMA fighter.

The now 21-year-old stands at a height of 1.75 m.

He debuted on the boxing stage in 2021 and quickly rose to fame, thanks to a TKO win and, most importantly, his J-pop mien.

Many recognise Kota Miura from social media—he blew up in popularity when he was in Bangkok the last time to box with Thai legend Buakaw Banchamek.

He has close to 1 million followers on Instagram where he shares updates about his career and lifestyle.

Kazuyoshi Miura is in action for Oliveirense in the second half of a football match against Academico de Viseu in Viseu, Portugal, on April 22, 2023
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Kazuyoshi Miura has never played in a World Cup before.

However, Miura has never played in a World Cup — a goal that has kept him motivated, he’s said.

“My secret? I don’t think I have one,” Miura told Reuters in 2017. “It is important to keep dreaming. So playing at the World Cup is still my dream.”

Once named the 1992 Asian Footballer of the Year, Miura was controversially cut from Japan’s 1998 World Cup team, according to the Asian Football Confederation.

More recently, Miura has played for the Japanese team Yokohama FC since 2012 but has been on loan to Oliveirense in Portugal since February, according to the Associated Press. The AP reports he became the oldest player to ever play in the country’s league when he played in last season’s final games.

Nicknamed “King Kazu,” Miura has been regarded as the oldest soccer player in the world since at least 2019 when he spoke with the Japan Times about his prolonged career.

“My passion for soccer has not changed since I turned pro at the age of 18,” Miura had told reporters, according to the outlet. “I even feel like it is growing. Passion is what drives me forward the most.”

According to the BBC, Miura may not be ready to retire after this latest contract extension either: He previously discussed the idea of playing until he was 60 years old.

See more pictures of his wife and kids below.

Kazu with his wife and two sons.
Kazu with his wife and two sons.
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Kazuyoshi Miura's Married Wife and Children: Meet The Footballer's Partner Risako Shitara and Kids; Ryota, Kota
Kazu and his wife Risako
Kazuyoshi Miura's Married Wife and Children: Meet The Footballer's Partner Risako Shitara and Kids; Ryota, Kota
Kazu and his wife Risako
Kazuyoshi Miura's Married Wife and Children: Meet The Footballer's Partner Risako Shitara and Kids; Ryota, Kota
Kazu’s wife Risako
Kazuyoshi Miura's Married Wife and Children: Meet The Footballer's Partner Risako Shitara and Kids; Ryota, Kota
Kazu and his wife Risako