Meet Dutch toddler Baerke van der Meij — the youngest professional athlete in the world!
18-month-old Baerke has been signed to play for a leading soccer team in his native Netherlands, after he was spotted showing off his ball skills in a YouTube video. Amazing!
Coaches at VVV-Venlo were so impressed by footage of Baerke kicking soccer balls into his toybox they summoned him to their training complex and offered him a 10-year contract after just an hour-long trial.
The mini-Beckham signed with a crayon and toasted the contract with a glass of orange juice, reports London’s Metro newspaper.
Baerke isn’t the first professional soccer player in his family — his grandfather once played for the same club!
– Ian Garland
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