Former Liverpool Player Slams Usain Bolt For Playing Football

Usain Bolt made his professional debut in football after he came off the bench for Central Coast Mariners in August. Fast-forward to October and the former sprinter scored a brace for the A-League side.

It's been a solid start for the 32-year-old Jamaican, especially when he was recently offered a contract from a European club with "aspirations of Champions League football."

However, that doesn't mean that Lightning Bolt hasn't received his fair share of criticism.

In fact, former Liverpool and Bayern Munich player Markus Babbel has slammed his attempt of transitioning into football.

"As a PR campaign, it is sensational," he told Blick (via Goal).

"But, honestly, I cannot take that seriously.

"I saw him play. That's never enough in a hundred years. As a player, I would feel like a fool."

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Credit: PA

Ouch.

Babbel played as a defender and spent six years of his career with Bayern Munich and four years with Liverpool. The 46-year-old won the UEFA Cup with both clubs and moved into management after he hung up his boots.

He currently manages Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League.

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Credit: PA

Last month, former Spain boss Vicente del Bosque delivered his two cents on Bolt's football career so far, as well as revealing what position he thinks would be the perfect fit for the Jamaican.

"With space, he could be a very good footballer," he told the Olympic Channel (via Diario AS).

"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.

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Credit: PA

"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.

"Without a doubt as a full-back, with his back towards the crowd and the touchline, that's where he would be most useful."

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Adnan Riaz

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