After conquering the Olympic track in London by retaining his sprinting titles in fine style, Usain Bolt might be changing his sporting interests, for a day anyway.
Bolt, a life-long fan of English Premier League club, Manchester United could finally get the chance to suit up for his favorite club as he may play for the 19-time English champions in a charity match against a team of legends representing world-renowned Spanish club, Real Madrid. According to English newspaper, the Daily Mail, Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson plans to invite Bolt to play in the annual charity match after the world-record holding sprinter publicly pleaded to earn a chance to play for his favorite club.
Ferguson told Manchester United’s magazine, Inside United that he’s intrigued about the possibility of giving the Jamaican track legend a run with the ‘Red Devils.’
"Usain's a character and a big United fan…it's interesting he says he'd like to play in a charity game. It could be brilliant, and next year when we play Real Madrid's Legends again there could be opportunities to bring him up and see how he does," Ferguson said.
Bolt recently appeared at Manchester United’s 3-2 victory at Old Trafford against Fulham in which he met with players and was presented a team jersey with his name and the number, 9.63 which represents the time Bolt ran when he successfully defended his 100m crown at London 2012.
Ferguson praised Bolt's achievements at the Olympics, even revealing that he bet on the track megastar to retain his titles.
"I must thank him because that was my biggest bet," he said.
"Bolt was 4/5 to win each of them, the 100m and 200m, a week before the tournament started. It was a brilliant bet. I couldn't believe it...He's the fastest man in the world and the others would have to have taken half a second off their running to beat him."