Younger, Faster, Richer

High school senior Lebron James caused plenty of eyes to pop when the NBA's top draft prospect scored a reported $90 million seven-year deal with Nike even before playing one game as a pro. But James is not the only teen phenomenon to attract big corporate bucks. The same week Nike settled James' deal, the company reportedly paid $1 million to sign up Ghanaian-born soccer star Freddy Adu, who just turned 14. (Nike will not confirm exact figures.) He has been hailed as the next Renaldo--and maybe even Pele--but for now he's the rising star of the U.S. under-17 team. "Nike...

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