Soccer: Former Sanfrecce star Sato retires with 161 J1 goals

Former Japan forward Hisato Sato, whose 161 top-flight goals are the second-most in J-League history, drew the curtain on his 21-year professional career Sunday, after playing the final minutes of JEF United Chiba’s 2-1 win over Giravanz Kitakyushu in the second division. The 38-year-old goal poacher hit double figures in all but one of his 11 J1 seasons with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, who he joined in 2005. Sato netted a career-high 22 goals and was named J1 player of the year in 2012, as he led Hiroshima to their first top-flight title. Standing 170 centimeters, Sato excelled in a position normall…

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