After 1st part of YouTube sensations, we’re presenting other sport prospects that made notable step forward in their respective careers, also thanks to their YouTube videos. Check out below 5 interesting examples from football (soccer) and basketball. Those prospects could definitely tell you why promo video could be one of the most important catalysts to reach the next level.
6. Nazmi Faiz Mansor (Football): First Malaysian ever to play in Europe
YouTube views: 218,504 (as of July 9, 2012)
Posted: Nov 27, 2011
It took just a YouTube video clip – breath-taking goal (below) against Bahrain last November – for Nazmi Faiz Mansor (17 years old) to earn a chance of becoming the first Malaysian footballer ever to play in Europe after signing a contract with Portuguese first division club Beira Mar. “This was my big chance and luckily I did. Playing in Europe was my long-time dream. I am extremely happy and motivated,” said Nazmi after signing a contract for the next 3 seasons.
7. Tristan Alif Naufal (Football): New “Messi”… from Indonesia!
YouTube views: 584,536 (as of July 9, 2012)
Posted: Mar 3, 2012
Tristan Alif Naufal from Jakarta (Indonesia) has been training with Liverpool’s Academy in Indonesia since July 2011. 7 year old Tristan has become somewhat of a celebrity in his homeland thanks to his enormous talent and skills: his football highlights have been viewed more than 500,000 times, and some parts of the Indonesian media have dubbed him “the New Messi“. But his parents and Paul Barratt, academy coach at LFC Indonesia, are handling the child with care. “Tristan’s attitude is brilliant. However, we need to remember he’s is only 7 years old,” said Barratt. “We’re committed to helping him achieve his potential in the hope that he can one day make it as a professional footballer.”
8. Leonel Angel Coira (Football): Another “Messi”… from Argentina!
YouTube views: 823,580 (as of July 9, 2012)
Posted: Aug 8, 2011
Professional football clubs are always on the lookout for young talent. The signing of young prospects underscores the tactics of top teams scooping up fresh talent as early as possible to avoid paying huge transfer fees when their potential blossoms. And the Spanish giant Real Madrid didn’t have to look as far as Argentina to find this gem: a year ago they signed 7-year-old prodigy Leonel Angel Coira (his role model is FC Barcelona‘s Leo Messi) who joined club’s youth academy after he caught the eye of a Real Madrid scout.
9. Rhain Davis (Football): Australian wunderkind
YouTube views: 2,265,878 (as of July 9, 2012)
Posted: Jul 19, 2007
Back in 2007 Manchester United signed nine-year-old Brisbane football whiz kid Rhain Davis. After United’s scouts saw the footage (uploaded to YouTube by his grandfather) of extremely talented Australian, the decision was easy to make. So they brought Davis to the Manchester United youth academy. Wondering what’s happening with extraordinary Rhain Davis now? He’s on a good path and still successfully playing for Manchester United youth team (U14).
10. Aquille Carr (Basketball): NBA dream of small giant
YouTube views: 4,028,454 (as of July 9, 2012)
Posted: Jan 30, 2011
Aquille Carr, 18 years old, is one of the most exciting young basketball players. He already received a $650,000 professional contract offer from an Italian team. However, Carr’s dream is to play in the NBA. But do you know how many players 5-7 (174 cm) or shorter have had NBA careers that lasted 300 games or more? Only three: Spud Webb, Muggsy Bogues and Earl Boykins. “That’s what I always hear — ‘He can’t do this. He can’t do that. He’s too small’,” Carr says. “But I’ve been proving people wrong for a long time now.” And he’s right: just check out his stunning YouTube video with more than 4 million views!