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Usain Bolt Announces That He's Signed With A Football Team

Usain Bolt Announces That He's Signed With A Football Team

Football/athletics/elaborate marketing campaign fans of the world, dust off your ears and ready your eyes; Usain Bolt is joining a professional football team:

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The retired Jamaican sprinter is still the world's 100m and 200m and 4x100m world record holder and has 20 Olympic and world championship gold medals, not bad for a man who is only 31 years old.

However, throughout his career, Bolt has expressed a desire to become a professional footballer once he retired.

The Jamaican is a huge fan of Manchester United and was a guest of honour at the team's 2011 Champions League final.

Today, Bolty has revealed that he's 'signed for a football team', the identity of which will be revealed on Tuesday 27 February.

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Maybe the Three Lions? It's pure conjecture, but at this point that's half the fun, as long as you ignore the fact that he's not eligible and England isn't a club.

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Bolt was set to have a trial with Borussia Dortmund this March, though this may have come about more because of the shared sponsorship he and the German team have with Puma.

Sports stars have a mixed history when it comes to transferring their athletic skills between disciplines. In years gone by, it wasn't uncommon for cricketers to play football in the off season, with Ian Botham possibly the most famous example. The England cricketer made 11 Football League appearances for Scunthorpe United.

Others have fared less well. Basketball legend Michael Jordan attempted to swap the hoop for the diamond when he tried to to become a baseball player, but found the transition difficult, with only limited success in the Minor Leagues.

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Credit: PA

Only time will tell whether Bolt-a-matron's long muted segue into football will see him become a genuine soccerball professional, or if his next career move is part of an elaborate marketing campaign from his sponsors.

Maybe he's signed for Stirling in Scotland, taking some of the pressure of the division's top scorer Darren L Smith as the Scottish League Two season comes into its end game.

Perhaps he's off to Wigan Athletic to ease the burden on Will Grigg when he is not on fire, as is often the case.

Or perhaps he's just going to wear a PSG shirt for a bit and earn a big wad of cash in the process. Fair play.

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Topics: Football, Athletics

Ronan O'Shea

Ronan J O'Shea is a freelance journalist from London who has written for titles including LADbible, Headspace, The Independent, National Geographic Traveller and New York Post. Contact him at [email protected]