Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has fulfilled a dream of signing for a football team. The fastest man in the world has been itching to find another way to make a living since retiring from athletics two years ago, and it seems his moment will arrive at Old Trafford.

Over the weekend he put out a cryptic tweet, which led to much speculation, that he’d been signed for a professional club.

Bolt considered returning to his first love, cricket, but settled on a career in football – presumably from a cost/revenue perspective. For the record, the world’s most valuable is Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who is worth 162 pounds. That’s POUNDS. That’s R2 629 751 939,73.

Local PSL team Mamelodi Sundowns set tongues wagging yesterday in the build-up to Bolt’s announcement when they tweeted a picture of Jamaica’s finest wearing a Sundown kit. The tweet “went viral” as they say in the classics.

The truth is though that Bolt will achieve another dream – playing at Old Trafford. But before you think Jose Mourinho had anything to do with it, just wait. The eight-time Olympic gold medallist will be playing in the SoccerAid match, a celebrity match arranged by Unicef to raise funds for charity. Bolt will captain the team on June 10, against an England team captained by Robbie Williams.

“It’s my dream to make it as a professional footballer. To play against some of football’s biggest legends is going to be remarkable,” Bolt said.

Readers were quick to spot Bolt’s obvious advantages on the soccer field.

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