Bolt dominated the sprinting world and now he plans on making a similar mark in the game of football. Usain Bolt said; “Football is a very physically demanding sport, and I’m not very young anymore, but I think I can play well for at least four years.”
Bolt is set to retire from sprinting after the August 2017 world championships in London, so he will be looking for something to do after hanging up his sprinting spikes.
Bolt has already made clear his desire to become a footballer, but his ambitions are no longer mere talks, the Manchester United fan told France’s So Foot magazine: “I have the ambition to become one of the top 50 players in the world, if I get the chance to play regularly, and I want to be an attacker who scores at least 20 goals per season.”
Expressing his burning desire, Bolt added: “I hope to have the chance to play football at the highest level. “I love this sport and it’s been in my head for many years. In the last few months I have spoken to clubs, and there have been possibilities, but nothing concrete at the moment. We are waiting to see.”
In a Facebook Live chat, the sprinting legend said; “Always thinking about playing football.”
Bolt, on more than one occasion, has made it clear his dream was to play for Manchester United, but he is likely to get a taste of top-level football in September with Borussia Dortmund for “three or four days” of training. Dortmund has rejected suggestions it is a publicity stunt for Puma, the sports manufacturer they and Bolt use.
‘For me, if I could get to play for Manchester United, that would be like a dream come true. Yes, that would be epic,” said Bolt.
During his interview with France’s So Foot magazine when asked if he was prepared to play in France’s second division if nothing better comes along, he replied: “Why not?
“Why not?” “I would do it if I need to prove myself, I have to start somewhere… but I need an ambitious team.”