11/8/2018 5:32:51 PM (GMT+3)

Bolt's dream to become a footballer collapses

Bolt

MELBOURNE, Australia: Spring king Usain Bolt's attempt to become a professional footballer with Australia's Central Coast Mariners collapsed on Friday as his trial period was terminated after contract talks failed.

The eight-time Olympic champion had been trying out with the A-League side for an indefinite period since arriving in August.

"As previously stated, the club and (Bolt's representative) Ricky Simms have been in conversations with external partners to find a commercial solution that suits all parties," the Mariners said in a statement.

The 32-year-old superstar's quest garnered worldwide attention, which intensified when he scored two goals in a pre-season friendly.

But his abilities were questioned and the club reportedly offered him only a fraction of the Aus$3 million (US$2.1 million) his management were said to be seeking, with outside sponsors needed to make the deal viable.

 

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