It’s nearly a month to the day that Usain Bolt made history by securing a spectacular ‘triple-triple’ at the Olympics in Rio.
The Jamaican sprinter won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m races, following his successes in Beijing and London, as he further established himself as the best sprint athlete of all time.
Bolt, an avid Manchester United supporter, has often joked about his desire to become a professional footballer, even saying the Red Devils should offer him a trial.
It would certainly be an incredible sight. At 6ft 5in tall and with the ability to run 100m in under 10 seconds, Bolt would be a frightening striker to play against. Whether he has the ability to stick the ball in the back of the net, however, is another question.
We’d love to see Jose Mourinho sign Bolt and stick him on the left wing, simply to see how he would fare up against Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin. The young Spaniard fancies himself as a bit of a speed demon - he’s even been given a pace rating of 95 in FIFA 17 - and has laid down the gauntlet to the fastest man alive.
According to the BBC, Bellerin can run 40m in 4.41 seconds. That is quicker than the time Bolt took to reach the 40m mark when he ran a world-record time of 9.58 seconds in 2009.
It’s no wonder the 21-year-old is so confident.
“It’s not me you have to ask, I’ve been waiting for that phone call from Jamaica,” the right-back said when asked about a potential race, per Sky Sports.
“I challenged him a while ago and he said maybe after Rio. So I’m just waiting now, need to push him.”
Bellerin might want to hold off challenging Bolt, at least for another few years. The 29-year-old blew away the field in Brazil as he added to his collection of gold medals.
Bellerin’s boss, Arsene Wenger, chipped in with his own prediction, and it’s not good news for the former La Masia prodigy.
“Well that is a bit ambitious,” the Frenchman said. “Usain Bolt loves football but I think he’s still too quick for Hector.”
Earlier in the year, Bolt laughed at claims he could be beaten in a race by a footballer.
“These stories make me laugh,” he told Eurosport, per the Mirror. “Footballers are very fast over the first 10-20 metres - that is what they train for. I train to be fast over 100 metres or 200 metres.”