1-Year-Old Inks Soccer Contract

By: Susan Harris - Staff Writer - Bookmark
Published: May 2, 2021

1-Year-Old Soccer

A 1-year-old boy has inked a soccer deal worth 10 years. Baerke van der Meij signed the deal with his local professional soccer club. He’s the first 1-year-old that has built a YouTube sensation.

The toddler became an internet sensation when his father filmed him chipping in three balls into a box at home.

The video received over 3 million in the less than two weeks since it was posted and got the attention of the VVV-Venlo, the local professional team in the Netherlands that the toddler’s grandfather once played for.

Baerke was in invited for a trial at VVV and impressed the team enough to have them sign him to a 10-year initial contract. The boy celebrated the contract with a glass of orange juice.

I hope he likes his home town: He’ll be stuck with that team at least until he’s 11. It sounds like he’s already off to a hopeful career before he’s 2. We might remember this boy if we continues to build his legacy.


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