18-month-old gets professional football contract

He's only one and a half years old, but Baerke van der Meij looks like he could be a football star of the future.

That's because the Dutch toddler has already secured a 'professional' contract after a video of him showing off his skills went viral.

In the clip, the little lad can be seen shooting three footballs into his toy box with amazing precision.

And it's not only YouTube viewers who were impressed by his skills, bosses at Venlose Voetbal Vereniging - where his granddad played - saw it and contacted the family.

He was then invited to join the more grown-up players for a training session before signing an albeit "symbolic" contract.

A press release from Venlose Voetbal Vereniging said: "The toddler's favourite position has not yet been determined.

"However, we can speak of a right-footed player with a very good kicking technique, perseverance and, importantly: football genes via his grandfather."

Venlose Voetbal Vereniging     
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