Usain Bolt’s Fate as a Pro Footballer

Usain Bolt, the Mariners

It would be understatement to say that the eight-time Olympic sprint champion raised a few eyebrows in 2016 when he announced that he’s gonna try himself in professional football after the end of his athletic career. Not many people actually believed that Usain Bolt had the talent to play football at a professional level. And his ambitions did seem too far-fetched. In an interview for The Guardian, Bolt stated that his dream was to become a Manchester United player.

Usain Bolt, the Mariners

Rewind two years to the future and Bolt is making his first steps into making his dream a reality. Unfortunately, it might be too late. At 32 years of age, he cannot just slip into a squad of a big-name team; he needs to start from the bottom.

That’s why he picked a team from Norway to be his first stepping stone. Strømsgodset is the team in which Usain Bolt made his debut as a footballer. Sure, it was a friendly game, but he did get to play aside real professionals. Norway national under-19 team was their opponent and the youngsters were able to beat Bolt’s team 1:0.

Spell at Central Coast Mariners

He didn’t have an impressive debut, but that didn’t stop Bolt from keeping his dream alive. On his birthday (August, 21), he made a deal with an Australian A-League team called Central Coast Mariners. After training with them for almost three months, he was finally offered a professional contract. Of course, such a small team as Central Coast Mariners don’t have enough money to pay for the salary of the fastest man alive, which is why Australian FA had to intervene.

As a way of promoting football in Australia, where Aussie Rules is by far the most popular sport, the Australian FA decided to pay a portion of his salary in order to keep him tied to Mariners. And such a decision was met with a lot of controversy, both from the public and from the players in the A-League.

Problems Arise

Although having the man who ran 100 meters in 9.58 seconds in the squad is definitely an amazing publicity stunt, the question is how can a 32-year-old guy with no previous experience in professional football contribute to the team. And even if he can make the team better, does he really deserve to have a much higher salary than everyone else?

These are the questions that the players (and club owners) in Australia started asking. Furthermore, some players publicly stated that they doubt Bolt has the skills to play football at a professional level, even in a team from Australian league.

And the final kick in the teeth to Bolt’s spell at the Mariners is that once the season started, they started losing games. Right now, they’re at the very bottom of the table, which shows that Bolt’s presence hasn’t helped them much. As a result, Bolt and the Mariners ended up parting ways. After only two months in the club, Usain Bolt has officially left Central Coast Mariners.

Bolt’s Future

According to the man himself, Usain Bolt is currently weighing his options, trying to figure out what’s the best move for him at this stage – should he give up or give his footballing career another chance?

As per latest reports, numerous clubs are interested in his services. Unfortunately for the Lightning Bolt, none of those are A-list teams. Some of the clubs that plan to approach him include Valletta FC from Malta, Blackburn Rovers, and so on. The big questions is whether those clubs actually have the funds to meet his salary demands?

The Future of Tennis: Which Players are Gonna Rule the ATP List in a Few Years’ Time?

Mischa Zverev

Novak Djoković, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer are currently occupying the top three spots on the ATP list. But, each one of these guys is over 30 years of age, the oldest of them being Roger Federer who’s turned 37 in August. Furthermore, seven out of top 10 players in the world today are already in their thirties.

And all of this is very strange, considering that not many years ago, most players used to retire soon after their 30th birthday. Pete Sampras, for example, retired at the age of 32.

The obvious question is who’s’ gonna replace these guys at the top of the ATP list once they retire? Well, there are many candidates out there and we’re now gonna talk about some of them.

Mischa Zverev

Alexander Zverev

Born in Germany to Russian parents, Alexander Zverev is currently the youngest player in the top 10 of the ATP list. That fact itself seems like a good enough reason to think of him as future number 1. This is something that many tennis legends think as well, including Boris Becker who called Zverev a new superstar in a recent interview.

What makes Zverev such a great candidate for the future star in the world of tennis is that he’s only 21 at the moment. This means that he’s bound to improve his skills even further in the next couple of years. Speaking of skills, Zverev is famous for being an all-round player, with impressive agility and speed, especially considering that he’s almost two meters tall.

Karen Khachanov

Now here’s a player very similar to Alexander Zverev. Both have Russian ancestry; with the difference that Khachanov has decided to represent Russia, while Zverev picked Germany. Another similarity is that both players are 1.98 centimeters high. And both of them are avid fans of basketball, both citing Miami Heat as their favorite NBA club. And their style of play is very similar, although most people do believe that Zverev has much more to offer.

Dominic Thiem

The Austrian player has turned 25 in early September, meaning that he has at least 10 more years to play at top level. And he’s already considered to be one of the best players in the world. Currently, his ATP ranking is 8th, but everyone’s expecting him to get even higher real soon.

Kyle Edmund

Even though he’s only 23, he’s managed to become the highest-ranked British tennis player, leaving Murray way behind. What makes him such a good prospect for the future is that he already has managed to beat some of the best players of today, including Djoković, Richard Gasquet, David Ferrer, Grigor Dimitrov, and many others.

Borna Ćorić

As of November 2018, he’s the number 12 on the ATP list, which is his career-high. And considering that he’s just turned 22, we can expect a lot more from the Croatian player.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

This guy is just 20, but he’s already in the ATP’s top 20. Actually, right now, he’s at the 15th place. Obviously, unless something very strange happens, we’re bound to see him among the top 10 in a few years’ time.

Daniil Medvedev

Here’s another Russian player who’s also 1.98 centimeters high. And who also has a great potential to be one of the best in the world in the next couple of years.

Denis Shapovalov

The highest-ranked teenager on ATP list is Denis Shapovalov who is currently on the 27th place. His all-time career high was the number 23, but considering how young he is, we can expect him to break that record real soon.

10 Richest NBA Teams in the Season 2018-19

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors

After playing in four previous NBA finals and winning three of them, you would expect Golden State Warriors to be the most valuable basketball team on the planet. But, the truth is that there are two teams that rank above them. If you find this fact amusing, you will have fun reading more about the top 10 most valuable NBA franchises. Let’s start counting down from the number 10!

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors

10. Miami Heat
According to Forbes, each NBA franchise is worth more than a billion and the top 10 most valuable teams have the value way above that mark. In fact, the number 10 on this list, Mimi Heat, is worth 1.7 billion dollars.

9. Dallas Mavericks
With the value of 1.9 billion dollars, Dallas Mavericks are ranked number 9 on the list of the most expensive teams in the National Basketball Association. Their value has increased for 450 million in only a one-year time.

8. Los Angeles Clippers
Even though they let their most valuable asset Blake Griffin go to Detroit Pistons this season, they’re still very high on the list of the richest NBA clubs. With the estimated worth of $2.15 billion, they’re currently on the eight place. But, whether they’ll stay there remains the question, considering that their form hasn’t been too impressive this season. Luckily for them, the season is still in its early stages.

7. Houston Rockets
Just over a year ago, the Rockets got a new owner, Tim Fertitta, who had to pay about 2.2 billion dollars for that privilege. According to the latest financial reports, the value of the club is still in the same range.

6. Brooklyn Nets

Although this is a team that’s never ranked among the top favorites for winning the NBA ring, Brooklyn Nets are among the most valuable franchises today. Their current worth is estimated to be around $2.3 billion.

5. Boston Celtics
When you have Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, and Al Hoford in the roster, your team’s gotta be worth a fortune. And the exact amount of that fortune is $2.5 billion.

4. Chicago Bulls
After a few weeks of the 2018/2019 NBA season, Chicago Bulls are very low on the table of the Eastern Conference. But, there’s still plenty of time for them to change it. And considering that they’re worth $2.6 billion, they’re expected to do so.

3. Golden State Warriors
You’re probably surprised to learn that the defending champions of the NBA are top the number 1 most-valuable basketball team in the world. But, they’re ranking number 3, despite having such legendary players in the roster like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, among others. The team’s total value is $3.1 billion as of November 2018.

2. Los Angeles Lakers
When you got LeBron James in the roster, you simply have to be worth a lot. And that’s exactly what the case with Los Angeles Lakers is. Of course, Lakers aren’t a one-man team, as there are many other high-value players in the team, including Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, JaVale McGee, and Brandon Ingram. With such players in the roster, it’s not a surprise that LA Lakers are worth about 3.3 billion dollars.

1. New York Knicks
And we’ve finally come to the end of the countdown. The most expensive basketball team in NBA is New York Knicks. And this is the third season in a row with Nicks leading the way as the most valuable franchise with the current value of $3.6 billion.
If you’re wondering why that’s the case, it’s because they’ve invested a huge amount of money in order to rebuild the team in the post-Carmelo Anthony era. Some of the players they’ve signed in the last couple of years include Tim Hardaway Jr., Enes Kanter, Trey Burke, Mario Hezonja, and others.