Usain Bolt may have been a dominant force on the track during his career but he has struggled to make large inroads into his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
The 32-year-old Olympic sprint champion has had trials in Europe, trained in South Africa and is set to make his debut in Australia as part of an indefinite trial for the Central Coast Mariners.
Here, Football Paradise looks at Bolt’s efforts after swapping his spikes for studs.
Bolt paid the South African side a visit in January and was offered the chance to train with the African Champions League champions. The sprinter said the gruelling session showed he was not fit enough to play, but coach Pitso Mosimane said “He’s a tall striker‚ he’s got the height‚ goalkeeper‚ centre-back‚ he can play wherever he wants.”
The Jamaican was invited to train with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund for two days during an international break in March. Bolt gave his performance – which included a neat headed goal from a Mario Gotze chip – a seven out of 10, but boss Peter Stoger said: “I think he is talented, but when he wants to play at a higher level, he clearly has a lot of work to do.”
From Germany to Norway, and Bolt made a 20-minute cameo for Stromsgodset in a friendly against Norway U19 after training with the 2013 Eliteserien champions in June. Sporting the number 9.58 in recognition of his world record, Bolt was part of a side which lost 1-0 and the Jamaican failed to convert a decent chance, unable to head the ball goalwards from close range.
The second outing for Bolt wearing the 9.58 number saw him play at Old Trafford, captaining the World XI side at Soccer Aid. He had previously expressed his dream of playing for Manchester United and delivered a man-of-the-match performance in front of 71,965 fans. After a 3-3 draw in normal time, Bolt found the net in the penalty shootout but England prevailed 4-3.
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