Usain Bolt is ready to kickstart his football career following his retirement from athletics, as he believes his sprinting calibre would prove to be reliable for his team on the pitch.
The 31-year-old declared his retirement from his sprinting career at the World Championships in London this summer. However, he doesn’t feel like concluding the work of his legs, as he is now set to take on professional footballers around the globe.
Bolt had previously trained with his treasured Man Utd, and like several of their games, he was also present to witness the Red Devils’ victory over Leicester City earlier this season. He has been reiterating his eagerness to utilize his feet in the game of football.
The eight-time Olympic gold medalist had already been linked to play for United’s legends against Barcelona in September, but had to refrain himself following an unfortunate hamstring injury he suffered in his final ever race at the London stadium.
Regardless, notwithstanding the injury issues, the Jamaican has landed a trial at the German club Borussia Dortmund. BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke proclaimed: “Our word is our bond. I will meet Puma CEO Bjorn Gulden this week. And that’s on our list.”
According to Mirror, Bolt formerly had embraced the chance to test himself on the pitch, with video game Pro Evolution Soccer providing the supporters with a potential glimpse into the future.
Speaking about the offer from Dortmund, Bolt had told the media: “Dortmund said the invitation is always open, so it is all about me getting over my injury and into shape. Then I can explore it and do the trials and see what level I am at.
“It’s a personal goal, I don’t care what people really think about it. I am not going to lie to myself – if I feel I can’t do it, I am going to say, ‘Forget this.’ I am not going to embarrass myself.”
The Jamaican also spoke of his desire in an interview with FIFA.com, where he stated: “Yes, I would love to play football now. A lot of clubs have reached out. Unfortunately, I got a bad hamstring injury in August and haven’t been able to do any training since then. Hopefully, I will be able to play some games in 2018.”
If the speedster ends up joining a top football club, defenders and coaches worldwide would have another nightmare to worry about in the future. His sprint speed is naturally considered world-class, with him being an Olympic gold medalist and what not.
Written by Hritwik NE
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