Even after Usain Bolt scored two goals in a preseason match, some people still don’t believe that the Olympic gold medalist is meant for professional football. Bolt has refused offers from two promising clubs, including Central Coast Mariners, where he was on trial for some months.
Now that it seems there’s no deal in the pipeline for him, the president of the Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts wants him to sign with a Jamaican club, so he can be called up to the national football team.
According to ESPN, Ricketts is convinced the move will give Bolt the exposure he needs in his journey to becoming a professional footballer. He also confirmed that some players are really anxious to have him on the national team.
While we agree that Bolt would be a good fit for his country’s team, we doubt if the 32-year-old would take a chance with a Jamaican club. As proved by the few games he has appeared in so far, Bolt pulls crowds, and he’s looking to use that privilege in a well-known league with a well-known club.
So, it boils down to one thing: If he should sign with, say, a big club in Europe and go on to impress, then a call-up to his country’s national football team would certainly come. For now, we hope he gets the kind of deal he’s looking for.