Shunsuke Nakamura is still playing after signing a new deal at 40

By David Walton

January 10, 2019

Celtic icon Shunsuke Nakamura is continuing to amaze in Japan, as he signs a new footballing contract at 40-years of age.

The man from Japan was a cult-figure during his time in Glasgow. An incredible four years at Celtic seen him help himself to three consecutive Scottish Premiership titles in-a-row. Added to that, he scored famous European goals against Manchester United.

But he was most known for his incredible ability from the dead-ball. Whilst Naka could always whip in stunning cross, it was his free-kicks that really made him stand-out.

Shunsuke Nakamura was famous for his incredible free-kicks at Parkhead (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

Celtic have never had a better free-kick taker than Nakamura. There’s not even a better free-kick taker in world football, and never has been either. He was quite simply incredible, and almost every set-piece was a goal during his time at Parkhead.

Whether it be a Champions League night under the Parkhead lights, or a cold and wet league match at Love Street – Nakamura found the net from his free-kicks.

Naka’s new deal

And now, he’s signed a new contract with J-League outfit Jubilo Iwata. This comes after signing for the club aged 39 back in 2017, as he continues to dazzle football fans back in Japan.

It was thought that the dead-ball specialist would’ve retired his career at Yokohama. It was there he started his career, before spending six years there after his travels in Europe.

Yet it appears, however, that the enjoyment he has for football is too much for him to resist.

Nakamura will remain at Jubilo Itawa after signing a new contract (Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

Nakamura has been back at Parkhead once since he left back in 2009. The Japanese legend took part in a short on-pitch interview back in 2014 during a match against St Mirren.

Naka also had a short spell at Espanyol before he went back home in 2010. By far the most productive spell of his career, however, came at Parkhead.

A player forever adored and still continuing to perform incredible feats into his 40s.