Despite winning many Olympic gold medals, Jamaican athletic sprinter Usain Bolt named Juventus and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo as a football player who can beat him in a footrace.
“For sure it’s Ronaldo, he works out every day, he is a super athlete. He’s always on top of his game. He works hard. He’s focused. So right now, I definitely think he’s faster than me.” Bolt said in an interview with Marca Sports Weekend.
Usain, who is now 34 years old, retired from athletics in 2017 after winning 8 Olympic gold medals. He recorded the quickest time in the 100m, 200m, and 4 times 100m sprints. But even with all his success in athletics, he still believes the Portuguese can outdo him because of his fitness levels.
However, Ronaldo has been put to the test in the past, going against the Spanish athletic team. At 26 years old, he took on Spain’s athletic captain David Rodriguez in a 25m dash. Cristiano lost, but the fact that he only lost by three-tenths speaks volumes about his athleticism despite the difference in the training between footballers and world sprinters being massive.
According to the result of the race between Cristiano and the Spanish captain, it’s easy to conclude that Ronaldo is a worthy challenger for Usain Bolt because he was only short with 2 seconds of the Jamaican stars record, which stands at 9.58 seconds which he recorded at the IAAF World Championship.
While Cristiano can become a successful athlete, the same cannot be said about Bolt’s football dream. He trained with several clubs in Europe, hoping to push his football career forward, but it never worked out. Some of the clubs he failed to land a professional deal with include Borussia Dortmund and Norwegian side Stromsgodset.
His best shot came when the Australian team Central Coast Mariners presented him with a chance to showcase himself. Bolt got an opportunity to play in a friendly match where he scored a brace. Unlike the marathon sprint, he came, he saw, but he didn’t conquer.