Legend Maradona seeking sponsorship to sign Jamaican
Usain Bolt’s foray into the footballing world is hinging on a potential sponsorship deal with Swiss watchmaker Hublot to play in Mexico – but he is a wanted man in Turkey too.
The Jamaican icon is being courted by footballing legend Diego Maradona to join his Mexico second division outfit Dorados de Sinaloa.
However, 32-year-old Bolt has always stipulated that he only wants to play in the top tier at club level.
Yet Maradona, the former Argentina manager, is hopeful that he can guide the side to promotion and if he does would have a chance of getting Hublot on board to help pay Bolt’s lucrative contract.
Maradona joined Dorados as technical director in September when they were bottom of the table, and has already played a major role in helping to guide them into seventh place.
But should they get promoted to Liga Mx then 58-year-old Maradona would aim to utilise Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, in attack.
The pair got to know each other when they played together in a charity match in Switzerland earlier this year, and are both sponsored by Hublot.
If the Mexico deal stalls then the latest club to be associated with Bolt is Sivasspor, who lie mid-table in Turkey’s Süper Lig,
Turkish state-run TV channel TRT have today reported that Sivasspor has made contact Bolt over a potential deal for the second half of the season.
They already boast a number of international stars including Douglas, Arouna Kone and Robinho.
Former sprinter Bolt, an eight-time Olympic champion, has been trying to kick-off his footballing career but with little success.
Nothing materialised from trials with top flight sides in Australia, Germany, Norway and South Africa.
He was offered a one-year deal with Australian outfit Central Coast Mariners last month, but the deal was 1/20th of his agent’s demands and he was not guaranteed any playing time with the A-League club.
Bolt recently set a deadline of the end of November to find a team to join otherwise end his pursuit of becoming a professional footballer.
Last month he turned down a lucrative deal to join Maltese champions Valletta FC, who had been recently bankrolled by Abu Dhabi investors despite the opportunity to play in next year’s Champions League.
The ball now firmly lies in Bolt’s court as to where he will tackle his dream to become a professional footballer.
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