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What fans are all saying about Usain Bolt after watching him play football

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It's always been Usain Bolt's dream to play professional football and now that he's retired from athletics, he's being given the chance to live that dream.

Bolt, who hung up his running spikes in August 2017, is due to participate in Borussia Dortmund's public training session on Friday in what's being labelled as his 'trial'.

And according to the 31-year-old Jamaican, with a bit of practise, he possesses the talent to make it in one of Europe's top leagues.

"The injury is now fine and I'm back fully fit," Bolt said. "In March we're going to do trials with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes.

"If they say I'm good, and that I need a bit of training, I'll do it. With training, I could be good.

"Me and [Paul] Pogba talk a lot. I watch and ask him a lot of questions. I want to play but it has to be in the top league. I'm not content to be average."

Whether Bolt is actually any good at football remains to be seen, with the 100m world-record holder also due to play in the charity match 'Soccer Aid' in June.

XAVI OFFERS REALITY CHECK

However, not everyone is convinced Bolt has what it takes to become a professional footballer, such as Barcelona legend Xavi.

Speaking to So Foot recently, the Spaniard said: "I love Usain Bolt, he's a great athlete, but with all due respect to him, he will never make any difference on a football pitch."

Ouch. Bolt played in the Hublot Match of Friendship 2018 on Wednesday evening alongside some football greats like Diego Maradona and Roberto Carlos, managed by Jose Mourinho.

He didn't make the desired impression, though. Fans who watched the game - or at least highlights of it - don't think Bolt is cut out for football.

Easy to see where they're coming from. Bolt looks pretty awkward when he plays and at 0:14, he squanders a simple tap-in with his favoured left foot.

The Jamaican is undoubtedly more suited to a bigger pitch because of his pace and physique, but his touch still doesn't seem to be quite there.

Match Of Friendship

Xavi believes that Bolt lacks a footballing brain and unfortunately for him, all the speed in the world cannot make up for that.

Asked why the 31-year-old is wrong for football, Xavi added: "Because we cannot supplant mental speed and game intelligence with physical abilities. It's impossible."

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