Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt said goodbye to his dreams of becoming a professional footballer. Reports said that he was unable to agree to a contract with Central Coast Mariners in 2018. The announcement came as the champion sprinter said that the ‘sports life is over’ for him. Questions were raised over Bolt’s general playing style and the 32-year-old reportedly declined an offer from Valletta, a Maltese club, because they could not pay his wage demands. After bidding adieu to the sports life, Bolt is now looking for business ventures.
Bolt is still the top man when it comes to holding his 100m and 200m sprint records, even after his retirement from athletics in 2017. However, the Guardian reports that he has no regrets of trying to become a pro footballer. “It was fun while it lasted,” he was quoted as saying by the publication. “I don’t want to say it wasn’t dealt with properly, but I think we went about it not the way we should. You live and you learn. It was a good experience, I really enjoyed just being in a team.”
Reports say that the Olympic gold medalist will now shift his attention to business ventures. “I’m just doing many different things ... the sports life is over, so I’m now moving into 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,” he told Mirror.co.uk.