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