Rising football star Baerke van der Meij, aged ONE, is signed by club
25-Jun-2012 | 2 min read
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Toddler Baerke van der Meij has been signed up to a Dutch football team after winning YouTube fame following a kickabout against his toybox!
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The talented tot shot to fame after his father Jorg posted a clip on YouTube of him curling three balls into his toybox in quick succession.
It received more than 1million hits and an offer from Dutch team Venlose Voetbal Vereniging, who play in the premier Eredivisie league.
The 18-month old joined VVV’s star midfielder Ken Leemans for his first ‘trial’ session at the team’s De Koel stadium before he was offered the symbolic contract, which is normally valid for ten years, after just an hour.
Baerke’s grandfather once played professionally for the club and his family remain fans.
With a little help from his father, the diminutive forward put crayon to paper and sealed the deal.
He then posed for pictures standing on the desk wearing a miniature replica shirt. Online commentators have already compared him with national stars such as Denis Bergkamp and Arjen Robben.
The contract was celebrated at the stadium with a glass of orange juice, and the club said, while their potential future star’s vocabulary was still limited, one word was enough – ‘bal’.
‘The toddler’s favourite position has not yet been determined,’ the club said in a statement.
‘However, we can speak of a right-footed player with a very good kicking technique, perseverance and, importantly, football genes via his grandfather.’
Watch Baerke van der Meij in action here:
Article by Metro.co.uk