Usain Bolt Has Retired From Football

Usain Bolt's football career passed by quicker than his running.

The Jamaican was hopeful of a career in the game but he's now confirmed that his venture is officially over before it really got going.

The world's fastest man made his professional debut as a substitute back in August and a couple months on, in his first start, he got off the mark in the game by bagging a brace against Macarthur South West United.

His first goal, which was a tidy finish after being played in behind by strike partner Ross McCormack, was followed up by the 32-year old doing his trademark 'Lighting Bolt' pose.

He then made the most of a goalkeeping error and tapped in into an empty net for his second.

However, he and Mariners were far apart in terms of negotiations for wages and a contract with the A-League outfit did not materialise.

And though he reportedly had other offers to continue his career, the eight-time Olympic Gold medalist has now decided to call it quits sooner than many expected.

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Image: PA

"I don't want to say it wasn't dealt with properly, but I think we went about it, not the way we should and you learn your lesson, you live and you learn," he said, as per ESPN.

"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 had previously trained with German giants Borussia Dortmund, Sundowns in South Africa and Norway's Stromsgodset, while he rejected a two-year deal from Maltese champions Valletta FC.

Some people were critical of Bolt's foray into football, with former Republic of Ireland striker Andy Keogh slamming his ability, saying he has "a touch like a trampoline".

But Bolt did reveal that Paul Pogba and Raheem Sterling reached out to support him in his quest to be a professional footballer.

Image: PA
Image: PA

"I've talked to Pogba and Sterling and they are happy to see me trying, they say 'come on, you can do it'," Bolt said, as per The Mirror.

"They support me, so I'm not going to worry about some simple players saying some things about me because I have high-level players knowing this is a dream and what I want to do."

Unfortunately for Bolt, that dream has ended prematurely but at least he had the pleasure of playing up front with Ross McCormack.

Josh Lawless

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