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Usain Bolt says brief pro soccer career was ‘fun while it lasted’

Central Coast Mariners v Macarthur South West Utd

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 12: Usain Bolt of the Mariners celebrates scoring a goal during the pre-season friendly match between the Central Coast Mariners and Macarthur South West United at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on October 12, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

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Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt‘s dabbling in pro soccer has come to a close.

Bolt, who set his sights on a soccer career following his retirement from track and field in 2017, told 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.”

The Jamaican sprinting sensation has said his longtime dream - admittedly far-fetched - was to play for Manchester United. He spent time training with several clubs, including Borussia Dortmund, Stromsgodset in Norway, and Central Coast Mariners in Australia. He scored twice in a friendly match for the Mariners but the club announced in November it would not sign Bolt after failed negotiations.

The 32-year-old told ESPN his focus is now centered on his business ventures: “I’m just doing many different things...the sports life is over, so I’m now moving into different businesses, I have a lot of things in the pipeline, so as I say, I’m just dabbling in everything and trying to be a business man now.”