The former champion sprinter, Usain Bolt, has been offered a two-year contract to place football with Maltese champions, Valleta FC.
The well deserved deal is coming days after the 32-year-old made headlines after he scored twice for Australian side Central Coast Mariners in a friendly match against Macarthur South West United.
The owner of the Maltese club, an Abu-Dhabi based ownership group, Sanban Investment Group, hope to finalise the deal soon. They are hoping to finalise the deal in time for him to participate in their Maltese Super Cup match on 13 December against Balzan.
Valleta FC chief executive officer, Ghasston Slimen, said he is inspired by Bolt’s journey so far, while confirming the deal in an interview.
Real his full statement below;
“This is about writing history, Usain Bolt broke the record in Beijing in 2008 [running 9.69 seconds in the final of the 100 metres. I have followed him for the last year-and-a-half on his football journey.
“We play the final of the Super Cup on December 13, which we will win, because we play Balzan who we beat in the league, so can you imagine Usain Bolt lifting the Super Cup trophy 10 years after he broke the record in Beijing?
“It will be history and it should happen.
“We will treat him as a player, we will have him training specifically without media and he’s not going to be treated as a runner, he will be treated as a footballer.
“We want to offer him a two-year contract so he will relax, and so he knows he won’t be going anywhere.
“This isn’t about money, this is about history. This is something that they will talk about in 50 or 100 years’ time”
Usain Bolt retired from althletics in 2017 and has trained with Borussia Dortmund amongst other football clubs.