Usain Bolt compares himself to Gareth Bale

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Usain Bolt, who has previously expressed a desire to sign for Manchester United, is using Gareth Bale as inspiration to eventually pursue his dream of becoming a professional football player.

The Olympic sprinting legend has frequently outlined his ambition to one day swap his running spikes for football boots, and maintains the belief that he has what it takes to reach the top in another sport.

One attribute that marks Bolt out as a potential future footballer is clearly his speed, and the Jamaican himself believes that his ability to cover the ground rapidly will help him reach his objective.

The 27-year-old cites Spurs star Bale, who is closing in on a £86 million transfer to Real Madrid, as an example of how speed can be a serious threat not only on the track, but also on the football pitch.

"If you're a good passer, it's much better. Speed also helps. If you can take [Gareth] Bale for instance, he's pretty good at speed football. So I've seen this and I've said you know what I could be a pretty good footballer," Bolt said on a visit to FIFA.

"I've played football with my friends, I've played enough charity matches in Jamaica and I've done pretty well. So I think personally, there is a possibility I could play so at the end of my track career, I'd like to try and see if it could happen."

Bolt is an ardent Manchester United supporter and has often been vocal with his ambition to become a player for the Red Devils, and had been pencilled in to make an appearance during the testimonial of Rio Ferdinand.

The 100m and 200m world record holder has also requested the club's former manager Sir Alex Ferguson to put him in contact with current boss David Moyes.

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