Usain Bolt, the former fastest man in the world, made his first soccer apperance for Australian A-League club Central Coast Mariners on Friday.
A crowd of 9,958 turned out for Bolt’s bit-part role on his Mariners debut, Fox Sports reported.
“I was a little bit nervous, but as soon as I got on the field I think the nerves went away,’ Bolt said. “I wish I had more touches, but I’m not fit yet, but I’ve just got to put in the work and get up to speed.”
The match was broadcast in 60 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe as Bolt played just over 20 minutes in the Mariners 6-1 practice match win over a Central Coast football select side in Gosford. Bolt, who lined up on the left wing, reportedly showed flashes of brilliance throughout the game, beating a man down the left side before losing the ball on one occasion and having a stopping time shot blocked on another.
Bolt said it would be a few months before the world sees the best of him as a football player.
“Oh my God, probably four or five months properly,” Bolt said about how long it might take him to be at his best. “Then to get used to the touch of the passes from my teammates, four months, I will be playing like one of the guys.”