One of the greatest sportspersons of all time, Usain Bolt will always be remembered for his astronomical achievements in the world of athletics. The Jamaican sprint king won multiple Olympic gold medals in London, Beijing and Rio to etch his name in the history books and create a legacy that is unlikely to be overhauled anytime soon.
Thus, when Bolt announced his retirement as a sprinter, his fans, in every corner of the world, were undoubtedly overwhelmed by emotions as one of the greatest ever quietly walked into the shadows. But, then came a surprise. More of a joke, at first, which eventually turned out be more of a gimmick.
But, Bolt thought otherwise. In fact, he began training with German club Borussia Dortmund before moving to Norwegian side Stromsgodset. But, his best opportunity came with the Central Coast Mariners of Australia's A-League. Appearing in friendlies with the club, Bolt scored a brace in a match in October last year which also earned him an opportunity to sign a contract with the team.
After Usain Bolt announced his 'sports life is over', a look back at his first ever goal in football pic.twitter.com/kgKEXXFsf8— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) January 23, 2019
However, the two parties couldn't come to an agreement on compensation as the club failed to find commercial backing to finance Bolt's desired wages. As a result, the Mariners and the 32-year-old star agreed to mutually terminate the trial in early November last year.
An offer came from Maltese side Valletta last October, but they couldn't convince the sprint king to join them. Ultimately, unable to find suitors, Bolt has now decided to end his dream of becoming a professional footballer, calling time on his, supposedly, football career. "It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team and it was different from track and field and it was fun while it lasted,” Bolt said.
But, with all due respect to the star athlete, did Bolt's football career ever really begin? Well, that was the question everyone was asking on the social media following his latest announcement.
I done 1 day's work in a bank, never called it a career in banking on my Cv.... get back to stupid commercials
No surprise that the fastest man in the world had the fastest soccer career— JasonA (@jasonA82189455) January 22, 2019
Only ended because no one wanted to pay his over inflated wages. One club that wanted to sign him just couldn't afford his image rights. Nothing to do with Bolt wanting to pay football, it was all down to money ð¤ð¤ð¤— spamfiend1970 (@spamfiend1970) January 22, 2019
That was quick. pic.twitter.com/R7N9fv4vWq— The FPL Guy (@TheFPLGuy) January 23, 2019
Not what I wanted to hear about Usain's football— Inopportunesses (@bandraidoir) January 22, 2019
Gets asked to do one drug test and suddenly he quits football? Hmmm.....— arsesicky (@chaqadaqa) January 22, 2019
“Career.” ððððððð— Lord William Snootsworth (@Snootsworth) January 22, 2019
He was never a footballer.— Kev-G (@KevinG24004771) January 22, 2019