CAREER SWITCH: Usain Bolt appeared at Old Trafford to show off his gold medals he won at the 2012 London Games (PA)
USAIN BOLT is arguably the greatest man to have taken to the sprinting track, but now the idea has been raised that he should leave all his 100m and 200m glory behind and tie up his football boot laces to play for the Jamaican national team.
Reggae Boyz coach Winfried Schafer has already indicated that the 27-year-old Olympic icon could play some part in Jamaica’s effort to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and Bolt himself has not ruled out the prospect.
Recently the sprinter posted a newspaper story image of him photoshopped wearing the Jamaica football team kit, and wrote a caption of “anything’s possible”.
So with the possibility of Bolt becoming a footballer, something he has tried on numerous occasions to do with his favourite club Manchester United, we asked Voice readers in an online poll about what they thought of the runner making the switch.
Opinion was seemingly divided along equal lines when asking directly about what Bolt should do, with 39 per cent saying he ought to play for the Reggae Boyz, while 41 per cent believed he should stick to track and field.
However, 20 per cent simply voted “no” to the question of “should Usain Bolt play football for Jamaica?”
Overall, it means a majority of 61 per cent believe Bolt should stay away from kicking a ball about for the national side, with 41 per cent of those indicating he is best advised to carry on doing what has made him the world’s fastest man over 100m and 200m.
Nonetheless, Bolt is known to live by his own rules, and if he really fancies becoming a Reggae Boy, it would be unwise to bet against the prospect of seeing the athlete turning out for some World Cup qualifiers.