Nine-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has revealed that he wants to become a professional footballer when he retires from Athletics.
The Jamaican is undoubtedly the biggest name in athletics, but says he will retire from the sport after the World Championships in London in 2017, almost 10 years after he won his first major title.
Bolt cemented his name among the greats of Athletics at the 2016 Olympics in Rio where he retained the 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles that he also won in Beijing and London.
Bolt will almost certainly retire with both the 100m and 200m world records to his name. At the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, he ran a 9.58 in the 100m and 19.19 in the 200m, times that have both been unrivalled since.
Bolt is well-known to have an interest in football, and in the past has put forward the idea of playing football for a living once he hangs up his running shoes. The 30-year-old has also made no secret of his desire to play for Manchester United, but admits that it doesn’t matter if his chance in professional football doesn’t come at Old Trafford.
In an interview with French magazine L’Equipe, Bolt said: “Football is being considered. We will try to organise a kind of test of my skills around to see if I could do it if I really try.”
When asked about which team he wishes to play for, the Jamaican said: “Me, I do not care if it’s not a big club, below the Premier League. I would like to play. Just having a chance to play. To see what I’m worth. It would amaze me. I look all the time these guys play football and I tell myself ‘Some of them are not as good as me'".
Bolt has no football experience in the past, but his pace in particular may be an asset that suits lower league clubs once he retires from Athletics.