March 23, 2018: Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt trained at Borussia Dortmund’s training ground wearing the famous black and gold jersey of Dortmund alongside first team members Mario Goetze and Marco Reus in an open training session. Unlike his training with the team a day before on Thursday, which was held behind closed doors, Friday’s session was attended by around 1500 supporters and 200 journalists who cheered Bolt on as he netted in two goals and nutmegged a youngster from the club’s academy.
The open training was live streamed by the Bundesliga club and was watched by 1.2 million people alone in China. Earlier this year, Borussia Dortmund had agreed to let Bolt train with the first team in a two-day trial as the two share Puma as their official sponsor.
The 31-year-old has long expressed a desire to play top-flight football. He joined the training session at Dortmund after playing in an all-star five a side friendly where he featured alongside the likes of Hernan Crespo and Diego Maradona and was coached by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
After the training session, Bolt posed with the players and approached fans to sign autographs. “I think overall I will give myself probably a seven out of ten,” He said to reporters, “I wanted to play my best. I wanted to move and give the guys options and I tried my best. I’m really trying to make it professionally, so I have to play at a high level.”
Questions were asked about his plans for the future after he retired from a glorious sprint career in August last year.
“I’ve talked to the club and told them I’m really serious about this so they said I should come back for a longer period and do some more training, then they can assess me and tell me what level I can play at. So I’m looking forward to that and that’s my focus right now.”
“Hopefully the team welcome me in the near future,” Bolt explained. I’d like to continue training with them, getting more experience, getting better and hopefully signing. You never know.”
Bolt announced recently on social media that he is to take part in a Soccer Aid for UNICEF football match at Old Trafford later this year on 10 June that will mark his first official match as a football player.
While it may still be unclear as to how Bolt’s footballing career is going to fare, what is clear is that the Jamaican sprint star is still hungry to achieve new milestones in the world of sports.