At the very least, it’s a brilliant marketing idea. And at most… perhaps the discovery of a new global soccer star.
Manchester United has invited men’s 100 meters champion Usain Bolt to tryout with the legendary English soccer team, according to a Yahoo Sports report. The world’s fastest man on the world’s most valuable sports franchise? It’s a match made in heaven.
From the Yahoo Sports report:
Bolt discussed his love for soccer after his sensational performance in the men’s 100-meter final on Sunday, insisting he has the physical attributes to make it as a professional player.
United has responded by giving him the chance to prove his talents following the Olympics, with a source telling Yahoo! Sports that the Jamaican superstar will be invited to the team’s training base in Carrington, a suburb of Manchester.
“Just like everyone else, the players are huge fans of Bolt and have massive respect for him,” the source said. “We would love to have him along. After he spoke about the club after the most-watched race in the world, it makes perfect sense.
“We would welcome him with open arms, and it would certainly make all the boys and the coaching staff pretty excited to meet him and see his skills. They would love to see what he has got with the ball.”
We’ve seen this before. Last spring, during the NFL lockout, Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City made the wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco an honorary member and allowed him to train with the team. Chad Johnson, as he’s now once-again called, never suited up for game action, but he did get to live out a childhood dream.
Bolt has also been on the football field before – of the American variety. After he won double-gold in Beijing, he suited up for the New York Giants. That didn’t work out so well…
If Bolt does in fact show up for a “trial” with the Red Devils, it’s hard to say whether he or the team would be more excited.
United defender Rio Ferdinand first pitched the idea to Bolt after he defended his gold in the 100 meters, tweeting: “If you want that trial at Man Utd shout me, I’ll speak to the boss. Well done in 100m.”
Bolt responded: ”After the Olympics we work on that … lol … thanks man.”
After all, he’s still got work to do in London. The 200 meters final is tonight.