Usain Bolt's journey towards becoming a professional footballer with Central Coast Mariners has reached its natural conclusion, according to Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel, who sees no potential in the Jamaican sprinter becoming a top-tier player.
Superstar athlete Usain Bolt may have scored his first goals in professional football recently, but he has now been slammed for not being almost good enough to play at the highest level. "We regularly receive similar approaches".
"So guys I've retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this", Usain Bolt said in a video posted on his Instagram Story earlier this week.
Valletta CEO and managing director Ghasston Slimen responded by saying an "offer is always on the table" for Bolt to join.
But Bolt's agent has confirmed he opted against taking up their offer.
The eight-time Olympic Gold medalist is now on trial with Australian side Central Coast Mariners, for whom he recently scored twice in a friendly against MacArthur South West United.
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It looks like the world's fastest man will not be moving to Malta in the near future.
Mariners coach Mike Mulvey has said frequently the club may not make a final decision on Bolt until January.
"I have watched him play".
Excitement is building, then, that what began as a curious trial a few weeks back might actually turn into something, and Bolt will soon be offered a full contract and a spot on the Mariner's roster to play the season in Australia's A-League.
He scored two goals in a pre-season fixture last week and rejected a two-year deal from an ambitious Maltese side bankrolled by Saudi billionaires.
Bolt, who retired from athletics last year, has previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway to no avail.