Sprint legend Usain Bolt has announced his retirement from football even before he could turn pro.
The eight-time Olympic gold medalist who made his debut for Australian club Central Coast Mariners in September told reporters “the sports life is over” for him.
Bolt scored twice on his debut for the A-League side in a friendly but serious question were raised over his ability to turn into an elite athlete in a second sport. The Jamaican later failed to agree to a contract with the club.
The 32-year-old also received an offer from Maltese club Valletta which he swiftly turned down.
“It was fun while it lasted. I don’t want to say it wasn’t dealt with properly, but I think we went about it not the way we should.” He said.
“You live and you learn. It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team.
“I’m just doing many different things… the sports life is over, so I’m now moving to different businesses.
“I have a lot of things in the pipeline, so as I say, I’m just dabbling in everything and trying to be a businessman now.”
Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017 and still holds the 100m and 200m records, however, insists he does not regret trying to become a pro footballer.
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