A Dutch soccer club from the southern city of Venlo has taken youth scouting to an extreme, signing up an 18-month-old toddler who shot to fame on YouTube, Radio Netherlands reported Wednesday.
Baerke van der Meij became an internet sensation when a video, posted by his father, showed him shooting three balls into a toy box at his home.
The startling accuracy and perfect technique hinted that little Baerke may have inherited the technique of Dutch soccer masters of the past. However, the authenticity of the video could not be confirmed.
Baerke's local club, VVV Venlo, on Tuesday signed the prodigy up to a ten-year "token" contract. His grandfather played for the same club.
"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," the club said in a statement.