Usain Bolt, riding on the striking power of being the eight-times Olympic champion displayed for the Central Coast Mariners in Australia, has got a lucrative deal to play for the leading football club in Malta – Valletta FC.
Valletta FC have offered the Jamaican legend a two-year contract to strengthen their squad for the Champions League in Malta. The news is confirmed by Stephanie Brantz and Tom Hamilton of ESPN FC.
Bolts’ presence will also be a big boost to the commercial prospects of the Maltese Super Cup and Valletta FC.
The eight-time Olympic gold winner champion sprinter has netted his first goal as a professional football player for the Central Coast Mariners in Australia in a friendly game.
“A champion is always welcome and at Valletta FC we believe nothing is impossible,” the Malta club managing director and CEO Ghasston Slimen has been reported as saying. The club is trying to secure Bolt’s services in time for the 32-year-old to be available for their Maltese Super Cup game on December 13.
Bolt’s agent, Tony Rallis, hinted that his client had an offer on the table from a club that had recently been taken over by new owners whose objective is to compete in the Champions League.
Bolt, who once expressed desire to play for his favourite club Manchester United, and trained with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund, opened his professional scoring account with an impressive goal on last Saturday before doubling his tally, thanks to a defensive gaffe.
Despite his impressive display, Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp wasn’t ready to guarantee a future for Bolt at the club, saying, “it’s too early to tell” whether he would be offered a permanent contract.