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‘A top team in a top league’ – Bolt explains his football wish

Dortmund, Germany | AFP | Athletics legend Usain Bolt insists he is serious about realising his dream of becoming a top-class footballer after training with Borussia Dortmund.

“I really want to try and make it professionally, to play at a high level,” the sprint superstar told reporters on Friday at the German league club.

“My goal is to make a top team and play in one of the top leagues in the world.”

Nearly 200 journalists and around 1,500 fans saw the eight-time Olympic gold medallist put through his paces with the first-team squad at Dortmund’s training ground.

Having already trained with the team behind closed doors on Thursday, Friday’s open session could be seen as a publicity stunt as both Bolt and Dortmund are sponsored by Puma.

The Bundesliga club live-streamed the training session and in China alone 1.2 million viewers tuned in.

The 31-year-old Bolt insists he is deadly serious about starting a new career – at an age when most footballers are hanging up their boots.

– ‘Unfit’ –

Bolt, who retired from athletics last year, admits he lacks the endurance fitness football demands.

“Overall, I’d give myself a seven out of ten,” he said.

“It was fun, the guys were cool and they were welcoming, but I can tell I was unfit.

“I like to play on the wing, right now I am unfit so I try to stay up top (as a striker).

“I’ve heard a lot about the fans here – that really was an experience.”

As expected, Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder, showed phenomenal pace over the turf.

He was proud of the header he scored in a practice game, but admits having much to learn.

“I’m tall, so it’s one of the things I have practised over the years,” he said of his header with sweat pouring down his face.

“I was working hard out there, I wanted to play my best, move and give the guys options.”

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