His very presence graced athletics. But he had to limp off the track with agony of a disappointing, last exit from the scene. Usain Bolt now has an appointment with big time football. The Jamaican sprinter will turn up for Manchester United in an exhibition match. Subject to his fitness. The deal has been signed. The match is slated for September 2, Saturday.
Bolt had retired from competitive athletics after eight Olympic golds, world records and many more laurels. The glorious career came to a halt in an unceremonious manner for the master who has given a new identity to victory celebrations on the finish line. The world record holder and undisputed champion all through his international career, Bold failed to finish first in his last 100-meter dash. There was worst in store as the Jamaican could not even complete his last international event, limping off the track after taking the baton for the final stretch of the 4x100m relay.
Fans now eagerly await for September 2. When the 30-year-old is set to be in the company of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Former Manchester United players Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes, Denis Irwin, Dwight Yorke, and Phil Neville will also be in the all-stars line-up for the tie against Barcelona.
The visitors boast of the names like Ronaldinha, Rivaldo and Patrick Kluivert.
Manchester United have won the first leg at Camp Nou on June 30.
Bolt has a strong desire to become a pro footballer. “I’m not gonna say I’m going to be the best footballer in the world but I’d be at a good level, I’d say. Maybe Wayne Rooney level,” he had once said. His agent Ricky Simms has said that Bolt, if turns pro, is likely to appear in League One or League Two level games.
The Jamaican sprinter will also train with German club Borussia Dortmund. He said: “I’ve always said I wanted to play football. It’s something I’ll be good at.”
Bolt had also mentioned his desire to appear for Man U before his World Championships appearance. He had jocularly said: “Everyone knows I’m always talking about (playing) football, I’m waiting on a call from Mourinho. I think he’s waiting until the last day (of the transfer window).”