Usain Bolt made no secret of the fact he wanted to become a footballer after bringing the curtain down on his illustrious athletics career.
The 32-year-old, who is known all over the world as the fastest man in history, is currently on an “indefinite” trial with Australian side Central Coast Mariners and recently made his professional debut in a 6-1 victory.
Bolt, a lifelong supporter of Manchester United, came off the bench in the closing stages and even had a half-decent chance to get himself on the scoresheet.
It’s currently unclear whether Central Coast Mariners plan to offer Bolt, who wears the No. 95 shirt, a permanent contract.
But, in any case, handing a trial to one of the world’s most famous sportsmen has been excellent PR for the club.
Bolt’s performances on the football pitch have been watched by former Spain and Real Madrid head coach Vicente del Bosque, who has made some interesting comments about the former sprinter’s ability.
Looking at Bolt’s physical qualities, he believes the Olympics legend might have a future in the game - although as a full-back rather than a forward.
Del Bosque gives his assessment of Bolt's ability
"With space, he could be a very good footballer," the 67-year-old told the Olympic Channel, per Goal.
"He could be a full-back that covers a lot of space, but it depends, because it's not just about covering 100, or 60 or 70 metres of the pitch.
He added: "It's about doing it many times over and that requires stamina which I don’t know whether he has or not – although I'm sure he has prepared.
"Without a doubt as a full-back, with his back towards the crowd and the touchline, that's where he would be most useful."
Del Bosque might have a point. Bolt’s back-to-goal play may cost him the chance of becoming a professional striker - his favoured position - but he may find that playing at full-back provides him with the space he requires to truly flourish.
If he also possesses stamina and work ethic then playing either at right or left-back for a football club might be an option.
However, full-backs all need defensive acumen and given that Bolt has never played professional football before, it’s likely that he doesn’t possess much - if any - of this.
Still, it might be worth Central Coast Mariners using him in that position before his trial comes to an end.
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