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Usain Bolt to captain 'Rest of the World' XI in charity match at Old Trafford

8.31K   //    27 Feb 2018, 15:10 IST

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt

What’s the story?

'Sprint King' Usain Bolt who is a very big football fan had taken to Twitter on Sunday to claim that he had signed for a club. He said that he would announce further details about this development on Tuesday. As it turns out, the Jamaican will take part in a charity football match which is to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 10.

In case you didn’t know...

The multiple Olympic gold medallist, who had hung up his running shoes after the 2017 World Championships in Athletics in London is an ardent Manchester United fan. Earlier this year he said that he would be appearing for trials at Borussia Dortmund and he had requested former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to help him forge a career in football

The heart of the matter

The world’s fastest man had kept his fans guessing by announcing that he would sign for a club and now it has been revealed that he would be seen in action at Soccer Aid 2018. Bolt will captain the 'Rest of the World' XI against Unicef UK ambassador and co-founder of Soccer Aid, Robbie Williams' 'England' side on June 10.

Soccer Aid has previously featured football greats like Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane and Peter Schmeichel, along with celebrities such as Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson and James McAvoy.

Since 2006, this charity match has been held six times with England winning it on four occasions while the Rest of the World taking the honours twice.

What’s next?

With the captains of the teams already announced, we have to wait and see which legendary footballers and celebrities come on board for this edition of the tournament.

Author’s take

Bolt, who has dazzled the tracks all these years, will be seen in action with a football at his feet. It will be a surreal experience for the fans while act as a dress rehearsal for the legendary athlete who desires to become a professional footballer in near future.

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