Despite becoming a four-time Olympic gold medallist a matter of days ago, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has sensationally outlined a desire to play for Manchester United, and can be backed at 963/1 to do so.
Bolt set a new Olympic record of 9.63 seconds when claiming first place in the men’s 100m final on Sunday, but has ambitions outside of athletics he is desperate to fulfil.
As indicated by the huge price, his hopes of turning out for a club the stature of Mancheser United appear far-fetched, though Bolt may have a useful friend in the ear of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Current United star Rio Ferdinand tweeted Bolt in the aftermath of his London 2012 success: “If you want that trial at Man United shout me, I’ll speak to the boss!! Well done in 100m.”
A more favourable 96.3/1 is available about the 25-year-old being granted an Old Trafford trial in the aftermath of this social network interaction.
And although many believed Bolt’s initial quotes on the subject were made in a tongue-in-cheek manner, further comments suggested he is serious about testing himself in the football arena.
“People think I am joking. But if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, ‘OK let’s do this, come and have a trial’, it would be impossible for me to say no,” he told reporters.
“I would not take up the challenge if I didn’t think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference,” he continued.
While a switch to the club he supports, United, seems relatively unfathomable, Ladbrokes are taking few chances regarding Bolt eventually playing professional football.
He is just 9.63/1 to announce his retirement from athletics prior to Rio 2016 in order to pursue a career in the game.
The sprinter can alternatively be backed at the same price to one day turn out for the Jamaican international football team, and while all scenarios seem somewhat sensational, it is difficult to predict the next move of the charismatic Olympian.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.