In his heyday, Usain Bolt was to be expected – even on the football field.
Bolt, 34, is a Sherwood-born Jamaican sprinter who won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and London in 2012 Olympia. His place as one of, if not the, greatest sprinters of all time was sealed when he repeated the three at Rio 2016 Olympic games.
Since retiring from athletics in 2017, the 34-year-old has been an extremely successful music producer in his home country and is also planning a career as an actor.
But Bolt – a childhood Manchester United Fan – Once had real ambitions to become a professional footballer after offering Maltese club Valletta FC a two-year deal, which he turned down in October 2018.
And the Jamaican’s very first goals for the Australian A league Team Central Coast Mariners are well worth a look as archival footage from the former athlete’s maiden strikes has resurfaced as a raw 32-year-old.
Although relatively new to the beautiful game, Bolt showed a surprisingly skillful touch for a man his size to hit the defender with ease before shoving the ball into the back of the net to announce his arrival in Australia.
The video also shows the left winger celebrating his second goal for the club by taking his famous “Lightning Bolt” pose in front of the cameras.
After the game, Bolt told Fox Sports (via Sky Sports), “I’m just glad I got a chance and I’m proud of myself.
“It was a big deal … first start and two goals. It felt good. That’s what I’ve been working towards. I’m trying to get better and I’m on my way to do that.”
“I’m interested in it so I’m here to do my best and try to get into the team,” he added.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant for “The Fastest Man on the Planet” as his dreams of becoming a professional footballer would soon be over shortly after he left the Mariners in November 2018.
More recently, Bolt, a Green Bay Packer Fan, also revealed that he’s serious about a career as a NFL Wide Receiver had been so strict about violent concussion-related attacks “in the past”.
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