Usain Bolt Ends Brief Soccer Career

by Samuel Abasi Posted on January 23rd, 2019

Olympic icon Usain Bolt is no longer pursuing his dream of becoming a professional footballer, his agent has confirmed.

Bolt had a trial period with Borussia Dortmund last year before starting a similar spell with Australian side Central Coast Mariners in August.

The former sprinter hit a brace in a 4-0 friendly win against Macarthur South West United to prompt suggestions he could be given a deal by the A-League club.

But Bolt’s time with the team came to an end in November after he was unable to agree terms on a contract with the Mariners.

Bolt, a Manchester United fan, also rejected the chance to join Maltese club Valletta, while he said he had a number of other offers from teams.

However, Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms said on Tuesday that the 32-year-old’s budding football career is now over.

“Usain will no longer pursue a career as a professional footballer,” Simms said in a short statement provided to Omnisport.

Bolt will go down in history as one of the great athletes of all time, having claimed gold in both the 100metres and 200metres at three consecutive Olympics.

Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017 and still holds the 100m and 200m world records, said he does not regret trying to become a professional footballer.

“It was fun while it lasted,” he said. “I don’t want to say it wasn’t dealt with properly, but I think we went about it not the way we should …

“You live and you learn. It was a good experience, I really enjoyed just being in a team.”

Bolt, who won Olympic sprint gold medals in Beijing, London and Rio, said he would now focus on his business ventures.

“I’m just doing many different things … the sports life is over, so I’m now moving into different businesses.

“I have a lot of things in the pipeline, so as I say, I’m just dabbling in everything and trying to be a business man now.”

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