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Usain Bolt lives football dream with Borussia Dortmund

We all know about Usain Bolt’s passion for football and him being a die-hard Manchester United fan. But this is probably the very first time when a retired athlete is so serious with his passion that he wants to live the dream of being a professional footballer, at the age of 31.

Olympic legend Usain Bolt has trained with Borussia Dortmund alongside German-duo Marco Reus and Mario Gotze in a two-day trial.
Bolt talks tactics with World Cup winner Mario Gotze

The retired sprinter, who won eight Olympic gold medals, has always harboured hopes of playing for his beloved Manchester United and was involved in an open training session with Dortmund's first team on Friday. Bolt met Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, earlier this month, to express his desire to play for his beloved club.

The Jamaican was pictured training in the famous yellow and black colours of the Bundesliga club, enjoying a session with those that were not selected for international duty, including ex-Chelsea forward Andrew Schurrle. The Jamaican shared several photos on Instagram of his time with the Dortmund stars.

The Jamaican told reporters Dortmund were incredibly welcoming and that it was "overwhelming" to train in a stadium that can hold up to 81,000 people.

"I have to give them thanks for giving me this opportunity to come out and try to accomplish my new goals."

Bolt is keen to know how far he can take his football ambitions.

"I've talked to the club and told them I'm really serious about this so they said I should come back for a longer period and do some more training, then they can assess me and tell me what level I can play at.
Usain Bolt with Borussia Dortmund's Mascot EMMA
"So I'm looking forward to that and that's my focus right now."

Friday's training session was broadcast live on Dortmund's social media channels.

Bolt will next play at United's Old Trafford stadium in UNICEF's Soccer Aid match in June against Robbie Williams, along with other celebrity and football stars.