Usain Bolt’s proposed switch to professional football has long been seen as a joke.
The Jamaican sprinter is rapid. But football requires a lot more than being able to cover ground quickly.
And at the age of 30, it won’t be long before Bolt’s speed begins to desert him.
Don’t tell him that, though. In a recent interview with L’Equipe, the fastest man on earth admitted he is isn’t ruling out anything.
“Football is being considered,” he said. “We will try to organise a kind of test of my skills around to see if I could do it if I really try.”
Bolt is a Manchester United fan but he doesn’t mind which club snaps him. They don’t even have to play in England’s top flight.
“Me, I do not care if it’s not a big club, below the Premier League,” he added. “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'."
What would Bolt do if United called?
You can’t fault Bolt’s attitude. It’s unlikely he’ll be receiving a phone call from Jose Mourinho any time soon but if he does, he knows exactly what he’ll do.
"If they called me from Manchester and said ‘we need you now,’ I would take the next plane to England,” the nine-time Olympic gold medal winner told Viva magazine, per Marca.
No longer a crazy thought
Considering 2016 has already seen Leicester City win the Premier League, Britain vote to leave the European Union and the American public elect Donald Trump as the President of the United States, Man United signing Bolt doesn’t even sound too crazy.
They could do with someone of his energy, too. Mourinho’s team is sixth in the Premier League and failing to meet Bolt’s pre-season expectations.
“Well Jose, It’s Usain Bolt, as you know,” the 30-year-old said, via 101GreatGoals.
“I’ll be watching you this season and I expect nothing but greatness from you as I will bring greatness.
“So I’m looking forward to it. We need a championship.”