Wayne Rooney has enrolled his son Kai in a Brazilian football
skills school at just 16 months old.
The Manchester United and England striker is apparently determined that
his son will follow in his footsteps, and has signed him up with SocaTots, a
Brazilian football school that has now expanded to the UK.
In Brazil kids are taught to play football almost as soon as
they can walk, with players like Ronaldinho and Kaka famously having started as
toddlers - though the emphasis is invariably on having fun playing with the
ball and interacting with team-mates rather than the more formal skills coaching common in Europe.
And Rooney hopes that some of the Samba flair will rub off
on his lad, according to The Sun.
"Wayne is encouraging Kai to get into football and has
already bought him his first Everton kit, plus numerous United and England
shirts," a friend of Rooney's told the paper.
"He has mucked about with a ball with Kai from an early
age and hopes his son will inherit his natural ability."