Usain Bolt has ended his dream of becoming a professional footballer after admitting “it was fun while it lasted”.
The eight-time Olympic champion has trained with a number of clubs, including Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, but failed to land himself a professional contract.
His most promising stint came with Australian outfit Central-Coast Mariners, where at one point he scored a brace in a friendly, but the Jamaican did not pass his probation with the -A league outfit.
His double came against Macarthur South West United, with on-loan strike partner Ross McCormack saying: “If he pulls it all together, he can be some threat”.
But former Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh – who plays for Perth Glory – was less taken by Bolt, saying the sprint star had a first touch “like a trampoline”.
The 32-year-old has now admitted his life in sport has come to an end and is hoping to delve further into the business world.
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Speaking about his decision to focus his professional endeavours elsewhere, Bolt said: “I don’t want to say it wasn’t dealt with properly, but I think we went about it, not the way we should and you learn your lesson, you live and you learn.
“It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team and it was different from track and field. It was fun while it lasted.
“I’m just doing many different things – the sports life is over, so I’m now moving into different businesses. I have a lot of things in the pipeline, so as I say, I’m just dabbling in everything and trying to be a businessman now.”
While his dream of footballing stardom has come to an end, Bolt is hoping to emulate his success in athletics as a restaurateur.
He has recently opened a chain of Caribbean street food restaurants called Tracks and Records.