Usain Bolt has never held back when asked about his ambitions to become a footballer.
In 2015, the eight-time Olympic gold medallist told MUTV:
“I should do a trial and see if they would say ‘Alright, come on in’… I think I would be pretty good because I am fit, I am quick, I can control the ball and I understand all of the play.”
Bolt was given the opportunity to help his dream become a reality in 2016 when Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed that the Jamaican sprinter had been invited to train with the club.
The 31-year-old has revealed to The Express that he will finally join the German side for a trial in March – opening the door to an incredible career change.
Unbelievably, Bolt also confessed that he had spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson about a move to the club that he supports, Manchester United.
“One of my biggest dreams is to sign for Manchester United. If Dortmund say I’m good enough, I’ll crack on and train hard. I’ve spoken to Alex Ferguson and I told him he needs to put in a good word. He told me if I get fit and ready, he will see what he can do.”
As well as the former Man United manager, Bolt has also spoke to his friend Paul Pogba, who is the club’s record transfer signing.
“I watch a lot of football, I understand it, I play it. With training, I could be good. Me and Pogba talk a lot. I watch and ask him a lot of questions.”
The athlete is extremely serious about his potential in football and admitted that his aim is to win the Champions League.
“It’s going to be hard because my career has been so great, but if I could win a Champions League or something, it’ll be close to anything I achieved in athletics.”
Bolt has set his sights high as he refuses “to be average”.
After dominating the track, he wants to be part of something historic in football and not just in it for the sake of it.
“It has to be in the top league because we have a lot of teams that have offered us deals, just random clubs. I strive to be the best and if I get a chance to play for a team like Manchester United it will be a massive deal.”
Whatever happens, we’re going to be looking forward to finally finding out the answer to ‘Who wins over 30 metres: Bolt or Aubameyang?’.
If it all goes well in Dortmund – forget Antoine Griezmann – the Olympic sprinter could be Jose Mourinho’s marquee signing this summer…