Usain Bolt has made no secret of the fact he wanted to become a professional footballer after retiring from athletics.
The former Jamaican sprinter, widely regarded as the fastest man of all time, had hoped to secure a professional contract with his favourite club Manchester United.
However, despite realising he was not quite cut out to play for one of Europe’s biggest clubs, Bolt refused to give him on his dream of becoming a pro footballer.
The 32-year-old subsequently agreed to join Australian outfit Central Coast Mariners for an ‘indefinite training period’ in August.
Bolt failed to impress on his first couple of showings for the A-League side - he looked a little awkward and ungainly, in truth - but was handed one final chance to impress against second-tier outfit Macarthur South West United in western Sydney on Friday.
"This is going to be a big game,” Bolt told reporters in the build-up to the match. “I think it will determine if the club makes up its mind on what to do with my career.”
"[Mulvey] said he wants to play me up top more," he added.
"The couple of games that I played, I didn't play with the first team.
"There's a few first-team boys in the team for Friday. So I'll get different service, better service, because they're more seasoned and more mature.
"So he just told me to make sure I'm focused and push myself, and I'll just take the chances when I get them.
"I can say I've been improving, [but] you won't know what level you're at until you actually play a competitive game.
"I've just got to go out there and play and see what I need to do or if I should continue if not. I'm just pushing myself, I think I've put in a lot of work.
"Now it's just to go out there and execute."
Here's what happened
Well, Bolt did just that. He went out and executed.
Following an unconvincing first half, Bolt went out and scored not one but two goals.
Here’s the first goal…
Not a bad finish from the big man. Extra marks for bringing out the lightning bolt celebration, too.
And here’s the second goal…
Not the most difficult goal he’ll ever score, but they all count.
What a performance.
Maybe Jose Mourinho should be getting on the phone to his agent tonight.
You can watch Bolt's highlights in full here...
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