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From Athletics To Soccer: ‘Lighting’ Bolt Scores In Dortmund Training Whilst On Trial

. Bolt in training with Dortmund players

Legendary Usain Bolt scored a classical goal in his ongoing “trial” with German club Borussia Dortmund, as the retired athlete weighs up whether to try and break into the professional game.

The 31-year-old is training with Dortmund – who, like the Jamaican, are sponsored by Puma – as Bolt tests out his skills to see if he has the abilities to become a footballer.

The 100-metre world-record holder has long desired to play for Manchester United , and now that his athletics career is over, he is devoting more time to his other love. And Dortmund have given him the platform to do so by providing him with a ‘trial’.

The German giants and Bolt are both sponsored by sportswear giant Puma and it’s through this link that this unlikely partnership has happened. Bolt clearly enjoyed himself during the ‘trial’ as he got to know his potential new team-mates on and off the pitch.

The Jamaican was pictured honing his skills during training – which included the likes of Andre Schurrle and others that weren’t selected for international duty. Off-the-field, Bolt was given a tour of the club’s vast facilities. He was seen greeting Julian Weigl and fans’ favourite Reus during the pleasantries – while also speaking to centre back Omer Toprak.

“That will determine for me, personally, if I continue or if I say, ‘You know what? I’m probably not good enough’. It’s what happens in the next two days,” Bolt told ESPN. Bolt retired from athletics after losing his world title in London last year, and has made no secret of his desire to play football.

He participated in a charity match on Thursday, which was attended by Jose Mourinho, and joked that he had already spoken with the Portuguese about playing at United.
Bolt has never been overawed as an athlete but he seemed to be in impressed by the 81,360-capacity Signal Iduna Park. Bolt, who will be leading a World XI team against Robbie Williams’ England at Soccer Aid in June, will be training with Dortmund again on Friday.

 

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