In his quest to find a suitable football team with readiness to exploit his football talents, Usain Bolt on Thursday night completed training with Borussia Dortmund’s first team to mark the beginning of a new career.
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) March 21, 2018
‘In March we’re going to do trials with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes,’ Bolt said earlier this year. ‘If they say I’m good, and that I need a bit of training, I’ll do it.’
The famous Jamaican sprinter who retired as eight-time Olympic champion, following his heroic efforts at the 2017 athletics world championships in London, tested football actions with the likes of Dortmund icons – Marco Reus, Mario Gotze, and others.
Usain, 31, is set to captain World XI at Soccer Aid against Robbie William’s England team in June and has to keep fit ahead of schedule. He will play in an attacking role in the match which is to hold at his beloved Old Trafford on 10 June, media reports confirm.
The Jamaican idol has dreams of becoming a football star, and is a big fan of the Premier League club Manchester United.
Speaking to reporters in the build-up to his practice with Dortmund, Usain said: ‘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.’
He continued, ‘I was nervous for a while until I started getting used to the crowd, people and everyone around and it falls into place.
‘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.’
The 100m world record holder was seen wearing Borussia Dortmund kit in a training video released last night, and he even scored a header. Nonetheless, his football skills as seen in the game attracted mixed opinions from lovers of the round leather sport, particularly Xavi Hernandez, the famous ex-Barcelona player who now plays for a Qatari side Al-Sadd.
Speaking on Usain’s performance and interest in football, Xavi said although they’re good friends but adds that the Jamaican athlete is lacks “game intelligence.”
Alongside a video he shared on Twitter, Bolt wrote: ‘From day one they have always been telling me I can’t. #LetsGo #TeamBolt #AnythingIsPossible #DontThinkLimits’
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) March 20, 2018
Triple-Triple had ‘Bolt 9’ inscribed on the back of his Dortmund jersey and showed enthusiasm for football, but despite Bolt’s dedication to the cause, Xavi says it’s nearly impossible for the world’s fastest runner to become a professional footballer.
‘What makes the difference today in football? It’s talent. And what is talent? It is the possibility of controlling what you do and what others do, because you play with your head and not only with your feet,’ Xavi explained to Tele Foot in an interview on the Bolt team.
‘I love Usain Bolt, he’s a great athlete,’ the talented midfielder and World Cup winner said. ‘Physically, nobody comes close. Who runs faster than him? No one…[But] we cannot supplant mental speed and game intelligence with physical abilities. It’s impossible.’