After retiring as a sprinter, Usain Bolt made no bones about how seriously he’s taking a potential future in football. The avid Manchester United fan has repeatedly mentioned that he’s keeping himself in good condition, and training with various clubs, so that he can try and fulfil a dream of playing some professional football. At 31, he’s reaching an age where most professional footballers are busy hitting their decline, so it could be a bit too late for him to pursue that particular aspiration.
But, he’s not being deterred by his age, and has recently spent some time training with Sundowns in a training session while in the Republic for Puma’s School of Speed events. Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane joked that Sundowns could use Bolt in any position – at striker because of his blazing speed, or at centre-back because he stands at a towering 1.95m tall.
After Bolt has finished up in South Africa he’s likely to go tour some other clubs’ training grounds, having already visited Bundesliga elites Borussia Dortmund in the past. That particular trip was written off by many as a PR exercise due to Bolt and Dortmund’s Puma sponsorship link – but it’s clear that he’s pursuing this passion of his.
At 31 is it possible for Bolt to make the transition from history’s best sprinter to a pro footballer? Time will tell.