Usain Bolt has never failed to hide the fact that he is a huge Manchester United fan.
The Jamaican sprinter, who won a third straight Olympic gold in the 100m in Rio, has been to Old Trafford and even laid out his expectations of Jose Mourinho’s side ahead of the season, claiming he demands “nothing but greatness”.
But celebrities are very often fickle when it comes to their football teams. Take Canadian rapper Drake, for example, who has been spotted wearing Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea gear.
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And, as it turns out, Bolt might actually have a soft spot for Real Madrid, too.
After collecting his seventh Olympic gold medal last night, the 29-year-old was quizzed on his football allegiance. He explained why he’s a fan of Los Blancos, and also picked between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
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“Real Madrid [is my team], of course,” Bolt told Cadena COPE, per AS.
“I like them because Cristiano Ronaldo is there. He’s the best player in the world.”
Bolt watched United before winning gold
It might have been because he was speaking to Spanish media that Bolt mentioned Madrid, for he even tweeted about Man United before winning the gold medal in Brazil.
“Good start to the day @ManUtd #winnings.” he said, congratulating Mourinho’s side after their 3-1 win at Bournemouth.
Bolt's United trial
Talk of the world’s fastest man even having a trial with his beloved club were discussed in 2015, when he told MUTV: “In my mind I think I should do a trial and see if they would say ‘Alright, come on in’ or if they would say ‘No, you are not any good’.
“I think I would be pretty good because I am fit, I am quick, I can control the ball and I understand all of the play."
Message to Mourinho
Bolt has seen United undergo an overhaul in the offseason, with Mourinho replacing Louis van Gaal and superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba arriving.
It’s been three years since the Red Devils last won the Premier League and Bolt, like every other United supporter, is desperate to see Mourinho lift the title in May.
“Well Jose, It’s Usain Bolt, as you know,” the sprinter said.
“I’ll be watching you this season and I expect nothing but greatness from you as I will bring greatness.
“So I’m looking forward to it. We need a championship.”
Bolt brought greatness inside the Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange last night. Now it’s United’s turn.