Athletics legend Usain Bolt put on a masterclass in a training session with Borussia Dortmund. The 31-year-old even nutmegged a BVB youngster.
The eight-time Olympic champion retired from athletics following the 2017 athletics world championships in London last year. He has swapped his spikes for studs and will captain the World XI at Soccer Aid later this summer.
He has been getting in plenty of practice ahead of his Old Trafford debut, wrangling a trip to Dortmund to train with the players during the international break.
While some of Dortmund’s bigger names are away with their national teams, there were still plenty of stars on show.
World Cup winner Mario Gotze set up Bolt’s best moment. In a small-sided game, Bolt raced onto Gotze’s cross and directed an excellent header into the bottom corner.
The flair didn’t stop there; Bolt – who clearly has good feet for a big man – nearly scored an outrageous dink having already nutmegged an unsuspecting academy player.
However, whether he meant the nutmeg is a different matter. Some fans suggested he was attempting a drag-back that went wrong. Manager Peter Stoeger appeared to share a joke with him about it afterwards.
Bolt’s pace was obvious even in such a tight pitch, and he showed good composure to set up a gilt-edged chance for Christian Pulisic who blazed over.
The training session ended with a penalty shoot-out, which Bolt converted with his wand of a left boot.
He then proceeded to take pictures with Dortmund’s youngsters and sign shirts for the mass of fans who watched the event.
Dortmund had promised that they would give him “a realistic assessment” of his chances of playing professionally.
“If he wants to make at the highest level, he still has a lot of work to do.” coach Peter Stoger said.