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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

Nike has long been known to scout some of the world’s greatest sports talents, especially when it comes to the world of soccer. It began with Neymar, who signed with the multinational corporation at the age of 13. That trend continued with Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, who, at the tender age of 11, became Nike’s youngest-ever affiliated athlete after dazzling at a youth tournament in New York.

But the bar has been raised once again. This time with an 8-year-old player who considered the next great prospect in Brazilian soccer.

Brazilian football prodigy Kauan Basile has signed with Nike at just 8-years-old.

Kauan Basile is just 8-years-old and he’s already playing for the Santos’ U-9 indoor football team. But now he’s just made history as the youngest player ever to sign a deal with Nike.

“I am very happy with the opportunity to play for Santos, as well as the contract. I like to play football,” Kauan Basile told Gazeta Esportiva

According to reports, the contract with Nike is guaranteed over three years, and there’s an option to extend it for two more. He’s now the youngest player in the world to sign with Nike. Even at the end of his contract, Basile will still be younger than both Messi and another ex-Santos kid, Neymar, in signing his first deal at Nike.

Messi put pen to paper on his first Nike contract aged 15, while Neymar was 13.

The kid is generating tons of buzz worldwide.

Basile’s agents, Mengoni Sports, revealed the news of the Nike deal with a proud post on social media. They wrote: “Today Kauan broke the record of being the youngest player in the WORLD by signing a contract with Nike!”

The post went on to add that “He is pure talent! He has football in the soul, in his heart and in his DNA.”

The sports world has reacted with excitement, especially across Brazil where football plays reach God-like status.

Football runs through Basile’s blood.

Like so many of football’s greats, Basile has the tradition of football in his blood. Both his father and great-grandfather both played professionally. His father Andrezinho was on the roster for Corinthians during his playing days.

And his dad couldn’t be more proud of his son going on to such major success, saying he’s ready for superstardom. He said: “He is a player with an absurd will to win. He has a lot of technical quality.”

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

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Parents always find new ways to be proud of their children and how to tell the world how proud they are. This includes Julio Urías’ father who recently unveiled his newest tattoo in honor of his World Series-winning son.

Julio Urías’ dad is showing off just how proud he is of his son.

Tattoo artist Andres Ortega Rojas posted photos on Instagram showing off the tattoo. Carlos Urías forever enshrined his sons victorious lunge after Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays while a tattoo on his left arm.

Rojas told TMZ that the tattoo took nine hours to complete and that is was Carlos’ first tattoo. The moment captured on Carlos’ arm is one that is etched into the brains of Dodgers fans. It was the first time the Dodger has won the World Series since 1988 ending a decades-long dry spell.

The tattoo is catching everyone’s attention.

People are loving the tribute made to his son with a tattoo. It being his first tattoo is even sweeter. We all know how much our parents are anti-tattoos so seeing this happen is extra touching. Julio is framed by the flags of the Commissioner’s Trophy in the tattoo marking what is clearly Carlos’ most proud moment.

The moment marks a culmination of a long journey to athletic stardom.

Julio first pitched for the Dodgers in 2015. The Mexican baseball player was called up to join the famed baseball team. Carlos and the family made a 13-hour road trip from the Mexican state of Sinaloa to Maryvale Park in Phoenix, Ariz. It was after that long trip that Carlos got to see Julio on the field pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers.

It just goes to show you that anything is possible and that, if you work towards your goals, they can come true.

READ: Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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A Teen With Cerebral Palsy Helped Inspire And Design Nike’s ‘No Hands’ GO FlyEase Shoes

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A Teen With Cerebral Palsy Helped Inspire And Design Nike’s ‘No Hands’ GO FlyEase Shoes

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Since its founding in 1964, the Nike brand has become the world’s largest supplier and manufacturer of athletic shoes and other types of sports equipment. In so many ways, the Nike brand has inspired the world of fashion and athletic wear. So much so in fact that in recent years fashion and sportswear have developed a synergy of sorts where today’s models can be seen marching down couture runways in Nike sneakers and athletic gear. Still, when it comes to sportswear brands the accessibility of footwear remains overlooked.

Sixty-one million people in the US live with a diagnosed disability but few brands carry adaptive and or accessible shoes for people who are unable to put shoes on independently.

Fortunately, brands are working to make a change. Including Nike.

Yesterday, Nike debuted the GO FlyEase Hands-Free sneaker which was inspired by a letter written to the brand by a teenager with cerebral palsy.

The hands-free shoe was built with accessibility in mind and gives wearers a chance to slip in and out of the shoe without the use of hands. The shoes feature a “bi-stable hinge that enables the shoe to be secure in fully open and fully closed states” and has a tensioner that imitates the motion of kicking off a shoe to make getting in and out of the GO FlyEase easy. No hands required.

The incredible shoe has an incredibly inspiring story.

The team behind the GO FlyEase was inspired to create the shoe after receiving a letter in 2012 from Matthew Walzer, a teen with cerebral palsy. At the time, the teen asked Nike to create an athletic shoe for disabled people.

“The original concept behind this shoe was to support our adaptive athletes better.  And we just quickly, throughout the process, found that this shoe was really universal,” one of the designers who created the shoe explained in a video about the shoe called “Behind the Design” video. “You always design for the most extreme case, that’s the hardest thing to do. And then it opens it up to everybody.”

According to FastCompany, the original prototype for the Go Flyease was designed for a Nike employee who had survived a stroke. Walzer’s letter inspired Nike to invite him to collaborate on the design of the original adaptive shoe.

Speaking about the shoe, Walzer wrote “The FlyEase is for people of all abilities. Remarkable that one letter almost nine years ago continues to bring about so much change. A dope concept especially for adaptive athletes — let’s hope these shoes are widely accessible for those with accessibility needs.”

For now, Nike Members will have exclusive access to the shoe first.

The first launch of shoes shows that it includes three different colors and will be expected to hit shelves later this year for $120.

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