Usain Bolt is set to be handed a lifeline in his bid to become a footballer – by Argentina legend Diego Maradona.
Bolt, the nine-time Olympic sprint champion who is still the fastest man in the world, is in talks about joining Maradona at Mexican second division club Dorados.
The 32-year-old Jamaican star failed to agree a contract with Australian club Central Coast Mariners, despite scoring twice during a three-game trial.
But now Maradona wants to take Bolt to Dorados after the pair played alongside each other during a charity friendly in Switzerland earlier this year.
The Hand of God has started talking to sponsors in a bid to find a way to cover Bolt’s wages.
He became technical director of Dorados when they were bottom of the table in September.
Now they are heading for the play-offs – and will meet Juarez in the first leg of the semi-finals in the early hours of the morning.
Maradona wants Bolt to spearhead his team’s attack next season if he can secure promotion.