Milton 'Tyson' Nunez is still playing football, at the age of 45.
He may be a comedy-cum-legendary figure on Wearside, but Milton Nunez has enjoyed quite the remarkable career. The pint-sized striker who made such an impression in the one league game he played for Sunderland, is about to embark on his twenty-seventh season in football.
The 45-year-old has just signed a new one year deal with Guatemalan side Universidad SC. The club represents the University of San Carlos and currently play in the country's second division. Six-time winners of the country's league title, the side are bidding to restore themselves to their former glories with promotion back into the top flight next term.
Nunez is still playing at the age of 45
Nunez is also set to be a pundit for Guatemalan national TV's coverage of the upcoming World Cup in Russia. Speaking to TV station Canal Diez, the 5ft 4in former Sunderland man spoke of his pride at still playing into his mid-40s:
"Everything I have lived in football has been of satisfaction and pride. I have represented my country with dignity abroad. I have no debt in football, my career has been a blessing from God and it is still rewarding me by being active at the age of 45."
Nunez blessed Wearside with his presence when he was 'mistakenly' snapped up by Peter Reid. Legend suggests that the pint-sized hitman was signed by the Sunderland boss who thought he was getting another player entirely.
Tyson was introduced to the Stadium of Light in 2001 on one bizarre evening when he gave a curious 'lap of honour' at half time whilst performing a shadow boxing routine. He cost £1.6m on deadline day that year though Sunderland would later sue his agent over some complication with his registration.
Nunez only ever made one league appearance for Sunderland - as a substitute in 2-1 victory over Wimbledon and he largely disappeared from view before being released; but it's somehow quite heartening to know that out there somewhere, Milton Nunez is still playing football all these years later.