WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Usain Bolt, named the greatest sprinter of all time, confirmed he is serious about his football career.
- The eight-time Olympic gold medalist will have a try-out period with German football club Borussia Dortmund in March.
- Bolt revealed he hopes to sign for Manchester United when he gets fit and good enough.
Retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt trained with South African football team Mamelodi Sundowns on Monday to hone his skills ahead of the trial in Germany. The 31-year-old Olympic superstar dreams of playing professional football after a successful record-breaking career in track and field.
A Manchester United fan, Bolt hopes to sign for the English football team when he’s ready. He even asked Sir Alex Ferguson, the team’s former manager, to put in a good word for him. Ferguson said he would see what he could do.
Usain Bolt told reporters that becoming a football player isn’t a joke.
“I have trials with Borussia Dortmund. Then I can decide whether it makes sense to do it, or if it doesn’t make sense,” he said.
According to Sundowns midfielder Percy Tau, the Olympic legend scored a goal during the practice session with the club.
Bolt said: “When I get back to Jamaica I need more training because I’m unfit.” He also told the official Bundesliga website that he is “nervous” about his trial at Dortmund.
“I don’t get nervous but this is different, this is football now,” Bolt admitted. “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.”
According to the world-record holder: “One of my biggest dreams is to sign for Manchester United. If Dortmund says 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.”