Usain Bolt has always been a big fan of soccer, and now that the sprinter has retired from his athletics career, the Jamaican has hung up his running spikes in favour of a pair of football boots.
Having trained with Norwegian Strømsgodset and German giants Borussia Dortmund earlier in 2018, Bolt has been training with Austrailian A-League team Central Coast Mariners since August, and has made two appearances for the club in friendly fixtures.
Everyone knows of Bolt’s incredible athleticism and pace, with the sprinter currently holding the world record times over 100 and 200 meters, but some have been surprised by how quickly Bolt has seemingly adapted to football.
The Jamaican made headlines on October 12, when while playing as a forward, Bolt scored two goals in a friendly against Macarthur South West United, including a lovely finish that beat the opposition goalkeeper at his near post.
With Bolt turning heads on the pitch, interest is gathering around whether the Mariners will take a chance on the 32 year old, and sign him to a permanent contract. Joining the A-League side would see Bolt make his debut in the EA Sports FIFA series, as the Australian top flight is licensed in the game.
While fans may be eager to get their hands on a Usain Bolt FIFA Ultimate Team card, it’s unlikely that his card would be overly highly rated. With very little professional experience in the sport, EA Sports are likely to keep his technical stats very low, at least until he proves himself on the pitch in full time competition.
One thing is certain, however. Bolt’s pace stat would be amongst the highest, if not the very highest, on the game. With two World Record times and eight Olympic gold medals, Bolt is widely considered as the fastest human on the planet, and it’s hard to argue against Bolt having the elusive 99 pace stat.
It seems extremely likely that we’ll see a Bolt FUT card this year, with EA Sports telling Fox Sports Asia: “If Usain is picked up by the Central Coast Mariners then he will automatically be included in the Winter update or the next major update, but if he isn’t listed then he might be included as a free agent.”
Bolt’s future with the Mariners is still uncertain, but it looks like fans of the sprinter will be able to sign him to their FIFA Ultimate Teams in the new year.