Bolt taking inspiration from Ronaldo after debut

Ross Houston
September 2, 2018

Usain Bolt has set himself an ambitious target after his Mariners debut.

Sprint king Usain Bolt made his much-anticipated football debut Friday, exciting fans but tiring quickly in a 20-minute cameo as his Central Coast Mariners hammered an amateur side 6-1 in a pre-season warm-up.

The sprinting great enjoyed a lively outing in the second half of the A-League side's 6-1 victory over a Central Coast Select XI.

The 32-year-old is hoping to win a professional contract with the A-League side who finished bottom of the pile in the A-League last season, winning only four of their 27 matches.

Bolt's global appeal was underlined by the fact around 60 countries took live television coverage of the game, which was shown in Africa, Asia and Europe.

"I know I'm not going to have a ideal game", the eight-time Olympic gold medallist and 11-time world champion said on Tuesday.

He started on the left-wing for the Mariners, but his first touch escaped him.

A few good attacking moves were thwarted by the Jamaican's heavy first touch, while he failed to get his head to a cross from Jack Clisby when the result of the game was beyond doubt.

Usain Bolt grimaces as he falls to the ground after missing a shot at goal.

The ball fell to the eight-time Olympic champion merely minutes after he came on, but his swivelling shot was blocked.

"Right now I'm just trying to get used to the guys, it's a wonderful moment, to actually get on the field and play professional football.The players have really accepted me, trying to teach me things and encouraging me to push myself, " Bolt said. I think in four months I should be ready and be one of the boys. The more I play, listen and train the better I'll get. "I'll give him 12 months if required".

But manager Mike Mulvey insisted that Bolt would be given time to reach match fitness and prove himself.

"I feel like with track and field it's not that rough on your body", he said.

The 100 and 200 metre world record holder Bolt ended his running career past year and has been trying to start a new career as a professional footballer, trialling with German, Norwegian and South African teams.

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