Since his retirement from athletics, Usain Bolt has always expressed his desire to be involved in football. The 2014 World Cup winning coach Vincent del Bosque has some words of advice for the Jamaican sprinter, who is embarking in his challenge of becoming a professional footballer.
The eight-time Olympic champion is ever so close to fulfilling his wish after he was handed a chance to train for an 'indefinite period', with an A-league club, Central Coast Mariners. The Jamaican superstar made his debut in a friendly coming off the bench in a 20-minute cameo.
Starring in his favorite favorite left-wing position, Bolt made a decent impact by nearly scoring. But he later admitted that he was not completely match-fit, with several Australian pundits off the opinion that the Jamaican had a plenty of work to put in.
According to former Spain coach Vincent del Bosque, if Bolt had to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional footballer at the age of 32, he would need to venture into a much deeper role.
“For a team that counter-attacks hard and transitions quickly into open space, he could fit in. He could be a full-back that covers a lot of space, but it depends, because it’s not just about covering 100, or 60 or 70 metres of the pitch," del Bosque told Olympic Chanel.
Bosque, who also steered Real Madrid to Champions League glory twice, further added the Jamaican would need to work on his stamina if he had to survive a football match. "It’s about doing it many times over and that requires stamina which I don’t know whether he has or not — although I’m sure he has prepared," the Spaniard said.
Usain Bolt has previously had the privilege of training with German giants Borussia Dortmund, South African club Mamelodi Sundowns FC and Norwegian club Strømsgodset. The 31-year-old is an ardent fan of English giants Manchester United, and has played at their home ground, Old Trafford, when he featured in the UNICEF fundraiser match for World XI against England.