Usain Bolt, riding on the striking power of being the eight-times Olympic champion displayed for the Central Coast Mariners in Australia, has got a lucrative deal to play for the leading football club in Malta – Valletta FC.
Valletta FC, the champions of the small island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, were taken over by Abu Dhabi-based Sanban Group in September, and the new investors immediately set a goal of guiding the club to the top of European football.
Bolts’ presence will also be a big boost to the commercial prospects of the Maltese Super Cup and Valletta FC.
The eight-time Olympic gold winner champion sprinter has netted his first goal as a professional football player for the Central Coast Mariners in Australia in a friendly game.
“A champion is always welcome and at Valletta FC we believe nothing is impossible,” the Malta club managing director and CEO Ghasston Slimen has been reported as saying. The club is trying to secure Bolt’s services in time for the 32-year-old to be available for their Maltese Super Cup game on December 13.
Bolt, who retired from track and field in 2017, has long publicly expressed his desire to play professional football and previously trained with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
Valletta FC have won the Maltese Premier League five of the past eight seasons to earn a Champions League place, but they have never advanced past the second qualifying round. This summer, they lost to Albanian club Kukesi in the first round, then proceeded to fall to Zrinjski Mostar from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Europa League.