Bolt hoping to fire the World XI to Soccer Aid Victory
Usain Bolt is the latest high-profile name who will lead out the World XI at Soccer Aid this summer.
The eight-time Olympic Champion will lead out his celebrity-packed side at Old Trafford, as they face Robbie Wiliams’ England side in aid of UNICEF.This year’s game will take place on Sunday 10th June, just four days before the World Cup begins in Russia.
Bolt is no stranger to the football pitch; the Jamaican is currently training at South African football side Mamelodi Sundowns in preparation for the match up at the home of Manchester United.
Through a statement on the United website, the former Olympian professed his long-standing wish to play football professionally.
Bolt claimed: “It is my dream to make it as a professional footballer, so to be able to step out onto the pitch at Old Trafford in June, and play against some of football’s biggest legends is going to be remarkable.”
The 31-year-old is a big Manchester United fan, and has always been keen on joining the ranks at Old Trafford.
I've signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT 👀 pic.twitter.com/iFTlWxfy7x
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) February 25, 2018
“I always said that I want to cope in more of a team sport because the track is individual,” he told MUTV.
“I catch along easily and understand what I need to do when I get a job. When I get instructions, I can carry them out really well.”
Bolt has warned that he will not be taking this charity game lightly; something that is to be expected from a multi World Record holder.
“I enjoy the thrill of competition in front of a crowd, so Robbie and his England team better watch out as I won’t be going easy on them!”
“I’ve got a pretty special celebration planned for when I score, by the way. My team is going to be unbeatable.”
The appeal of Soccer Aid is heavily linked to it’s ability to showcase the footballing talent of the public’s favourite celebrities, whilst matching up their skills with some of the game’s greatest names.In no other game in the world would you see Netherlands legend Edgar Davids clash with TV Presenter Jonathan Wilkes, or actor Will Ferrell link up with AC Milan’s Clarence Seedorf.
This year Soccer Aid have promised a line up that will be “bigger and better than ever”; combining World Cup, Champions League and Premier League winners with Hollywood actors, platinum-selling musicians and comedians.
Tickets for Soccer Aid are available now at www.manutd.com/socceraid or by calling 0161 444 2018.