Usain Bolt’s highly-anticipated football debut will take place on June 10 when he captains a World XI side at Soccer Aid 2018.
The eight-time Olympic champion has expressed a desire to play football for years and, while it’s not quite his dream of suiting up for Manchester United, it’s a start.
Bolt will get the chance to play at Old Trafford when he takes on Robbie Williams’ England XI in the Unicef charity match.
“It is my dream to make it as a professional footballer, so to be able to step out onto the pitch at Old Trafford in June, and play against some of football’s biggest legends is going to be remarkable,” Bolt said.
“I enjoy the thrill of competition in front of a crowd, so Robbie and his England team had better watch out as I won’t be going easy on them!
“I’ve got a pretty special celebration planned for when I score, by the way. My team is going to be unbeatable.”
Bolt took to Twitter on Tuesday to show off the Jamaica-themed football boots he will wear.
Bolt, who will have a trial with Borussia Dortmund during the international break, clearly has a passion for football.
And it’s exciting to see what a man who ran the 100m sprint in 9.58 seconds at his peak is like on the pitch.
However, any plans to go pro have been well and truly ruined by Barcelona legend Xavi.
Xavi is one of the most technically-gifted players of his generation and he believes that, despite the speed, Bolt will lack the “mental speed and game intelligence” to shine at football.
Xavi: Bolt will never make any difference
“What makes the difference today in football? It's talent. And what is talent? It is the possibility of controlling what you do and what others do, because you play with your head and not only with your feet,” the World Cup winner told So Foot, via Goal.
“I love Usain Bolt, he's a great athlete. Physically, nobody comes close. Who runs faster than him? No one.
“But with all due respect to him, he will never make any difference on a football pitch.
“We cannot supplant mental speed and game intelligence with physical abilities. It's impossible.”
And here we were hoping Bolt would contend for the Ballon d’Or one day.
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