His track days have come to an end but eight-time Olympic Gold medalist Usain Bolt may not be done running past his opponents. He might be doing it very soon on the football pitch if the cards get drawn in his favour.
The 31-year-old has secured a trial with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in March, organised by sportswear giant and their sponsor – Puma.
“In March we’re going to do a trial with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes,” the multiple world record holder told Sunday Express.”If they say I’m good, and that I need a bit of training, I’ll do it.”
“It makes me nervous. I don’t get nervous but this is different, this is football now. It’ll take time to adjust but once I play a few times I’ll get used to it. It was the same when I started track and field. I was nervous for a while until I started getting used to the crowd, people and everyone around and it falls into place,
It is not a secret that the Jamaican is a Manchester United fan. He was rumoured to take part in a Manchester United vs FC Barcelona legends game last year but injury forced him to stay away.
“One of my biggest dreams is to sign for Manchester United. If Dortmund say I’m good enough, I’ll crack on and train hard. I’ve spoken to Alex Ferguson and I told him he needs to put in a good word. He told me if I get fit and ready, he will see what he can do.”
It might be a long shot for the retired sprinter but Bolt is, as he has always been throughout his career, confident of being good enough to play with the major sides. He even dreams of winning a Champions League!
“I do think I have a chance. I watch a lot of football, I understand it, I play it. With training, I could be good,” said Bolt. “Me and (Paul) Pogba talk a lot. I watch and ask him a lot of questions. I want to play but it has to be in the top league. I’m not content to be average.
“It’s going to be hard because my career has been so great but if I could win a Champions League or something, it’ll be close to anything I achieved in athletics. But I have to be more than average. It has to be in the top league because we have a lot of teams that have offered us deals, just random clubs. I want to be the best.”