The Lightning Bolt has lost his spark.
Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has declared his “sports life over” after abruptly abandoning his dream of a potential soccer career.
The 32-year-old Jamaican athlete spent two months training as a winger with the Australian squad Central Coast Mariners but quit last November after he wasn’t offered a deal, reported BBC Sport.
“It was fun while it lasted,” said the world-record holder of the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints. “You live and learn. It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team.”
It was an auspicious start tor the 6-foot-5 star when he scored twice in his first start for the Mariners in an exhibition match versus Macarthur South West. Despite the immediate success on the pitch, the team passed on inking him to a deal. He reportedly was offered a spot on Valletta, a Maltese soccer team, but turned it down when it refused to meet his salary demands.
Bolt had been taking his soccer career seriously by training with German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund and Norwegian squad Stromsgodset.
Bolt, who retired from track and field in 2017, claims he’s now focusing entirely on commercial endeavors.
“I’m not moving into different businesses,” said Bolt. “I have a lot of things in the pipeline, so as I say, I’m just dabbling in everything and trying to be businessman now.”