Despite complaints that he appeared to be much older, Joseph Minala has already left Italy for another European country ten years after joining Lazio as a teenager.
When a photo of the then-young Lazio youngster went viral in 2014, Minala first gained notoriety online.
The midfielder appeared older than his actual age at the time, which was 17, and his look suggested that his childhood had probably not been nice.
The investigation was started after reading a post on an African football website that stated the young man was actually 42 years old. He didn't only seem older.
Minala only had four appearances for the senior Biancocelesti team from 2014 to 2021 while he lived at the Stadio Olimpico.
Instead, before briefly joining Qingdao Huanghai in the Chinese Super League in 2020, he played about 67 times while on loan at various Italian teams, most notably Salernitana and Bari.
The athlete, who was born in Cameroon, joined Serie C team Olbia Calcio 1905 last summer. The coastal city of Olbia may be found in northeastern Sardinia.
After his one-year contract was amicably terminated at the start of the year, he moved to FK Liepaja to play in Latvia's top division.
As Liepaja defeated Super Nova 6-2 away from home earlier on Friday to move into third place in the Latvian Higher League, Minala, now 26 years old, sat on the bench.
The former Lazio player would be roughly 52 years old at this point if the accusations made against him at the beginning of his career were accurate.
No of the level of football, it would be admirable for him to be on the roster of any professional team at that age, even if he weren't the oldest player on the field at the moment.
The fact that 56-year-old Japanese superstar Kazuyoshi Miura is the oldest player currently competing at the highest level disproves Minala's assertion that he is young.
In his 36th year of professional competition, the lone survivor of FIFA 96 has played for approximately 15 clubs.
His most recent outing was last week when, as the 89th substitute, he made his professional debut for Oliveirense, a Portuguese second-tier team, in their 4-1 victory over Academico Viseu.
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