Many people train their entire lives to try and earn a professional sports contract, and even then, it's a long shot. For an 18-month-old Dutch boy, however, all it took was three shots, and he snagged one up with ease.
A video of Baerke van der Meij shooting soccer balls into his toy box was posted on YouTube, and as the random wheel of YouTube fortune spun, it went viral, racking up more than a million views. Local soccer team Venlose Voetbal Vereniging (VVV-Venlo) saw it, and offered him a contract.
Check out his mad skills after the jump:
Sort of Impressive for a dude in diapers, but it doesn't seem that incredible that a team would bank on him that early, does it? Well, the contract is actually just a "token" contract, and his grandfather played for the team.
So it's pretty much just for show. My favorite part of this story is that at a press conference, he signed the contract with a crayon, and they then toasted with a glass of orange juice.
In a statement, the club said:
The toddler's favorite position has not yet been determined. But we can speak of a right-footed player with a very good kicking technique, perseverance, and, importantly, football genes via his grandfather.
Baerke's only comment on the matter: "Ball."
Cute story and a nice publicity stunt, but it also feels like a lot of pressure for this kid. What if he wants to play the piano instead?
Have your children shown any amazing talents at a young age? What do you think of this video?
Image via YouTube