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3rd August 1971: Japanese football players, Kunishige Kamamoto (L) and Aritatsu Ogi.
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With 80 goals in 84 appearances, Kunishige Kamamoto is Japan’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Sadly for this prolific striker, he - along with the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Ladislao Kubala and Ryan Giggs - is a member of an elite group of national icons who never graced the FIFA World Cup™. Kamamoto retired from international duty in 1977, 21 years before Japan made their maiden appearance in the game's greatest competition.

Nonetheless, his place atop the Samurai Blue scoring chart seems assured for some time, with his closest active challenger, Shinji Okazaki, requiring another 43 goals to eclipse that record tally.

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