Sprint king Usain Bolt fulfilled a boyhood dream Friday in making his much-anticipated football debut.
The Jamaican great got fans excited as he came on for a 20-minute cameo for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners, though he seemed to tire quickly.
Bolt, a huge Manchester United fan, has been handed a chance to train with the A-League side for an indefinite period in a bid to prove he has what it takes to earn a professional playing contract.
Some 10 000 people packed the Central Coast Stadium to see the 32-year-old – a virtually unprecedented turnout for a pre-season game.
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“It’s a wonderful moment to play at a high level, in professional football,” Bolt said after the Mariners beat an amateur side 6-1.
“It was good, it was what I expected. The crowd gave me a big ovation which I really appreciated. I was a little bit nervous but as soon as I got on the field the nerves went.”
Bolt wore the number 95 shirt in a nod to his 100m world record time, and had a number of touches of the ball as his side coasted in the one-sided match.