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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