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Bolt Tells Beckham 'If You Need a Striker, I'm the Guy'

  • Bolt in a soccer training session in South Africa.

    Bolt in a soccer training session in South Africa. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 January 2018

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist is scheduled to try out with Bundesliga outfit, Borussia Dortmund, in March.

Jamaican sprint icon Usain Bolt attended a training session with the Mamelodi Sundowns soccer team's Chloorkop training facility in South Africa, on Monday.

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The fastest man in the world is in South Africa serving as an ambassador for G.H. Mumm – for which he is the CEO – and various PUMA-sponsor commitments. But, he also loaned his celebrity to a pre-recorded all-stars video of well-wishers ushering the launch of new Major League Soccer franchise holder Miami.

In the recording, the track superstar congratulated the franchise's newly minted boss – former England international, David Beckham – as well as offered up his services to the ex-free kick specialist who is targeting a 2020 franchise season debut.

"On a serious note, though, if you need a striker, I'm the guy," he said. "If you need goals, I'm the guy. I got you."

"Good thing is he's a free agent! And he can play in a few positions," Sundowns manager, Pitso Mosiname, said of the sprinter's session with the team.

"Usain, thank you for coming down today, it was an honor to play with you, I saw you even managed to score a goal," midfielder Percy Tau added.

Bolt shared that the transition from athletics to football is tough.

"It was a good game, a fun day and I really enjoyed it. I told the coach when I get back to Jamaica I need more training because I'm unfit. I told my friends we need to plan a trip to South Africa it's a beautiful country, I love the vibe here it's similar to Jamaica in that sense."

The training session preempts the eight-time Olympic gold medalist's tryout with Bundesliga outfit, Borussia Dortmund, in March.

"That is something that I want to do, as you said I have trials with Borussia Dortmund so that's something that is on the table," he said. "After the trials, then I can determine if it makes sense to do it or it doesn't make sense. That's what the plan is."

The legendary sprinter has repeatedly stated that he wishes to pursue a career in soccer after he has hung up his spikes. Bolt is a loyal fan of Manchester United – one of Beckham's past clubs – often wax poetic about the team's former boss Sir Alex Ferguson and his desire to suit up for the English side.

“One of my biggest dreams is to sign for Manchester United," he told Express early Jan., adding that “I've spoken to Alex Ferguson and I told him he needs to put in a good word. He told me if I get fit and ready, he will see what he can do.”

“If Dortmund say I'm good enough, I'll crack on and train hard,” the sprinter said.

Bolt strikes his famous 'lightning bolt' pose during a soccer training session. Photo: Reuters
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