Usain Bolt's best position could be as a defender, according to a FIFA World Cup-winning coach.
Vicente Del Bosque, who guided Spain to World Cup glory in 2010, backed the Olympic champion to turn his footballing dream into reality, believing he has excellent potential as a footballer.
While the former Spain and Real Madrid boss admits Bolt will need time to improve his technical skills, he says the 32-year-old “could be a very good player” and believes he could be useful as a fullback.
"Without a doubt as a full-back, with his back towards the crowd and the touchline, that's where he would be most useful," Del Bosque said on Olympic Channel.
"With spaces, Bolt could be a very good player. It could be a side that covers a lot of space, but it depends because it's not just about covering 60, 70 or 100 meters on the field.
"In a team that counterattacks and makes fast transitions, I'm sure it would fit.
"Starting to play in professional football at 32 is not normal,” Del Bosque added.
“The most difficult part for him will be to acquire the necessary technical qualities.”
Del Bosque’s support comes after the likes of Tim Cahill and Keisuke Honda also Got behind Bolt’s quest to land a deal with the Mariners.
While he’s still early into his indefinite trial at the club, Bolt has certainly made an impact on the Mariners squad according to import Kalifa Cisse.
While the former Mali international admits Bolt must be “a little crazy” to attempt to become a professional footballer at his age, he’s been in awe of the eight-time Olympic gold medallist’s attitude.
“He has a very, very tough and strong mentality, he’s one of the greatest athletes ever,” Cisse said of Bolt.
“To get where he has you have to have a strong mentality and that has been interesting for all the players and we can learn from that.
“For him to try this challenge to become a footballer he must be a little bit crazy but also he must be very strong in his head.
“He’s been working hard every single day and in every single training and he wants to learn. That’s something everyone respects because from where he come from to try and do it we just have to respect that and try and help him the best we can for him to enjoy it.”
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Meanwhile, Bolt has added ‘fastest man in space’ to his long list of achievements after launching the world’s first zero-gravity champagne in France overnight.
As part of a sponsorship deal with champagne company G.H Mumm, Bolt took flight in an Airbus Zero-G plane, where he put his speed to the test in a zero-gravity environment.
Unsurprisingly, the Jamaican star was too quick for his challengers.
He is set to return to Australia on Sunday to resume his quest to get a contract with the Mariners.