Usain Bolt to make debut at Old Trafford for UNICEF's Soccer Aid

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt to make debut at Old Trafford for UNICEF's Soccer Aid

Usain Bolt hace su famoso gesto sobre el césped de Old Trafford tras ser homenajeado por la afición del Manchester United tras ganar el oro de 100 metros lisos en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres.

ANDREW YATES

AFP

The home of Manchester United will be the scene for Usain Bolt's footballing debut but it will not be as a professional player, unlike what many were led to believe.

Usain Bolt will fulfil his dream and play at Old Trafford. However, this will not be in the shirt of a professional footballer and instead in a charity match for UNICEF.

UNICEF shirt for Bolt's Old Trafford debut

The legendary sprinter had teased his followers on social media on Sunday by stating he had "signed for a football team" and that he would announce it on Tuesday morning. And the Jamaican was true to his word, tweeting information about the annual Soccer Aid match which pits a selection of ex-players and celebrities together to raise money for good causes.

Sundown publicity stunt

The other party that, possibly cleverly, played a role in this communication frenzy was South African club Mamelodi Sundown. On Monday they posted a photo of Bolt hinting that they were the team he was signing for. The social media reaction to this was mixed: some saying this was a great publicity stunt, others - generally those from South Africa - suggesting it was embarrassing that everyone was so ready to believe that Bolt was good enough for the league.

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