Usain Bolt believes he could be as good as Rooney

The Jamaican sprinter has joked that he could be as good as the Manchester United captain as he eyes a future in football after athletics.

100 metres? Done. 200 metres? Done. 4x100m? Done. So, naturally, matching the football career of Wayne Rooney is Usain Bolt’s next challenge.

The undisputed sprint king of the past decade, Bolt once again proved unstoppable at an Olympic Games when he claimed three golds at Rio 2016.

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The Jamaican will retire from athletics this year and has long spoken of his desire to explore a career in football, with Manchester United, the club he supports, top of his wish list.

A training week with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund will give Bolt his first taste of professional football and the fastest man alive hopes it could serve as the pathway to greatness in another sporting domain.

“There are so many things that I want to do, I’ve no idea where I’m going to start, I definitely want to just relax,” the 30-year-old told Laureus.


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“I’ve always wanted to try play football so that’s in the pipeline, we’ll see what happens

“I’m going to get a chance to train at Dortmund which is good, I think I’m going to go there for a week and just to train and feel it out.

“I’ve had people suggest different teams or ways we could get into football so we’ve been looking into those things but were not sure what’s going on yet. 

“At any level, I just want to see if I would be any good, because I play football all the time with my friends and I think I’m at a good level so if I train and actually put some work in I think I could be pretty good.

“I’m not going to say I’m going to be the best footballer in the world, but I will be at a good level I would say, maybe at Wayne Rooney level, you know what I mean?”

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