Borussia Dortmund Reportedly Ready to Offer Football Trial to Usain Bolt

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2017

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Sprinting legend Usain Bolt in the Mercedes F1 garage before the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund are said to be ready to offer Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt the chance to show what he can offer as a footballer. 

As reported by Spencer Morgan of the MailOnline, Bolt has made it clear in the past that he is keen on pursuing his ambition of playing professional football, and the Bundesliga side are reported to be one of a number of outfits that have shown interest.

When asked about the possibility by Reviersport (h/t Morgan), Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said talks will be held between Puma, which sponsors both the club and the former sprinter.

"Our word is our bond," he said. "I will meet [Puma CEO] Bjorn Gulden this week. And that's on our list."

DORTMUND, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke of Dortmund looks on during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at Signal Iduna Park on September 26, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/TF
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Bolt retired from athletics after the World Championships in the summer, leaving behind a legacy as the greatest sprinter of all time. The Jamaican won eight Olympic sprint golds and is the world-record holder in both the 100-metre and 200-metre distances.

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While he's now 31, it appears Bolt still believes he has a lot to conquer in the sporting world before he retires altogether.

"It's a personal goal, I don't care what people really think about it," Bolt said of his desire to play professional football on Sunday, per Morgan. "I am not going to lie to myself, if I feel I can't do it, I am going to say 'forget this.' I am not going to embarrass myself."

Bolt added that Dortmund told him "the invitation is always open," and he will now concentrate on "getting over my injury and into shape."

The Jamaican's willingness to try his hand at new things extended to motor racing on Sunday, as he joined Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton for a spin around the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, at the United States Grand Prix. Per journalist Phil Duncan, it was quite the experience:

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Bolt after two laps with Hamilton: "That was really stressful. He took the traction control off. I thought I was going to die."

Bolt is an avid Manchester United supporter and is passionate about the beautiful game. In September he told the team's official website former Red Devils forward Ruud van Nistelrooy is the player that attracted him to the club.

In the past he's proved his versatility in other sports too. Per BBC Sport, Bolt played in a charity cricket match in 2009 against West Indies great Chris Gayle. In it, the sprinter hit a six off the cricketer's bowling, before Bolt bowled the devastating batsman later in the game.


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