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8-year-old Brazilian trumps Lionel Messi and Neymar as Nike’s youngest signing


What were you doing when you were eight?

Probably watching Tracey Beaker, idolizing Dick and Dom, and dreaming of one day being old enough to pass your cycling skill test.

Well, an eight-year-old is making headlines in Brazil by breaking a record previously held by football icons Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Rodrygo goes
Rodrygo was the former record holder | Quality sports images / Getty Images

Brazilian media outlet Diario Ole reports that Kauan Basile has signed a contract with Nike – becoming the youngest person in history to do so.

The Santos youth squad member broke the record previously held by Real Madrid’s Rodrygo – a Brazilian compatriot and Santos youth system graduate – who signed a deal with Nike when he was 11.

Before Rodrygo, his compatriot Neymar (another former Santos man) had held the record, having signed with Nike at 13. Neymar’s former Barcelona teammate Messi had been another former record holder after signing with the US sportswear giant at the age of 15 – though he’s of course now best known for his relationship with adidas.

It’s a very good company, with Messi and Neymar doing well for themselves, winning a total of 38 major trophies over their esteemed careers at the club.

Kauan signed a three-year contract with Nike with the option of an additional two years – leading him to the age of 13.

Diario Ole describes him as “one of the pearls of Peixe’s Under-9 futsal team,” adding that he had already enjoyed a decorated youth career, a pickup team and individual honors galore – including player of the 2019 Sao Paulo futsal tournament. championship.

“A very special day for me and my family, I signed my first contract with @nikefootball at the age of eight, what a huge happiness, I just have to thank God for everything he has done in my life, thank you, ”Kauan wrote on Instagram.