The best sprinter of all-time, Usain Bolt, is really playing professional soccer. Bolt scored two goals today in a friendly against the Macarthur South West to help his team to a 4-0 win.
Bolt has been playing with the Central Coast Mariners for roughly two months now. Bolt scored the Mariner’s third and fourth goals in the game today, celebrating first with his traditional lightning bolt, and second with something new, a dance move called the shoot (see above).
Bolt had his professional debut with the Mariners on August 31st, when nearly 10,000 people showed up to watch him play. Fans criticized Bolt’s 19 minutes of play in the August game, and called his skills underwhelming.
But the eight-time Olympic champion has improved his game in the past six weeks to the point where he’s a major factor on the field. What began as a bit of a joke in the running community could turn into an actual soccer career for Bolt.
Bolt told reporters when he landed in Australia seven weeks ago, “This is real, I’ve said it since my last season of track and field I want to play football, I know what I’m capable of, I know what I can do, so I’m thankful to the Mariners for giving me this opportunity to show what I’m capable of.”