Bolt Back On The Football Pitch – In London
Jamaican waits for Maradona’s Mexican side promotion play-off outcome
Usain Bolt’s race to kick-off his professional footballing career remains in the balance but the former sprint king was playing the beautiful game last week.
The 32-year-old, who set himself a deadline of the end of November to find a top-flight team to join, turned up for a seven-a-side match in England’s capital city London.
He followed up the penalty shoot-out win near Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium by jetting off to Madrid, where he enjoyed a night out with legendary Brazilian footballer Ronaldo.
And another football icon, Argentina superstar Maradona, took one step closer to guiding his Mexican second division side Dorados de Sinaloa to the top flight and therefore igniting Bolt’s interest.
Bolt has been adamant that he will only play club football in the top league, and Maradona’s Mexican team are a realistic option.
Maradona, appointed as technical director in September, saw Dorados triumph 1-0 on Sunday to book a place in final of the Ascenso MX that will be played against Atletico San Luis over two legs on Friday and Monday.
But Bolt has always been adamant about only playing in the top flight at club level, so would have to rely on Dorados winning promotion so has to wait patiently for the outcome of these two games.
Swiss watchmakers Hublot sponsor both Bolt and Maradona, so have been approached about potentially backing the Jamaican if Dorados are competing in the Liga MX next term.
However Bolt may have a rethink after Maradona was quizzed in Monday’spost-match interview about his thoughts regarding the MX League and its current level.
He was asked: “What do you think about the level of the MX league?”
And after a lengthy pause the 58-year-old responded: “Ummmmmm laaaa ayeeeee aaaah!”
As Bolt is only seeking a lucrative deal, due to being one of the world’s most marketable athletes, then any potential deal with Dorados is reliant on not only competing in the top division but also winning a huge sponsorship offer from Hublot.
Bolt was linked with leading Turkish outfit Sivasspor last week, but the club were swift to deny their interest.
And although he has previously rejected an open offer to join Maltese champions Valletta FC, who could splash the cash as they were recently bankrolled by Abu Dhabi investors, the only option appears to be Maradona’s Mexican club.
The 32-year kicked off his keen interest to sign for a top team in Germany but nothing followed from that nor trials with clubs in Australia, Norway and South Africa.
Hopefully Bolt took some advice from Ronaldo, who conquered Europe with a stellar playing career that encompassed Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and is back on track to winning a professional footballer contract.
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