Bolt Offered Mariners Contract

Former Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has been offered a professional football contract by Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners, with the 32-year-old having impressed during his recent trial period with the club. Despite the Mariners having so far not commented on such reports, Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms has confirmed the news, stating “I can confirm Usain has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners”.

Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt scored two goals on his first start for the Central Coast Mariners during a friendly fixture, however he missed out on a place in their squad for the opening game of the A-League season, a match which ended in a 1-1 draw against the Brisbane Roar. Bolt had recently turned down a contract from Maltese champions Valletta FC, having previously trained with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Sundowns and Stromsgodset following his retirement from athletics. Bolt was offered odds of 18/1 by bookmaker Ladbrokes (odds by to sign for Manchester United back in February this year, the club in which the Jamaican supports, however appearances in the A-League now look far more likely.

It remains to be seen as to whether Bolt will accept the offer reportedly made by the Mariners, with some outlets reporting that the A-League side are looking for a cut-price deal due to their doubts over whether the former sprinter can cut it at such a level. Bolt has already brought a significant amount of attention to the Mariners, a side who finished bottom of the A-League standings last season, however Head Coach Mike Mulvey recently stated that he was not concerned about Bolt, focusing instead on the players available to him at the time.

Should Bolt accept the offer from the Mariners, he could even be in line for his professional debut on Saturday morning when they take on Melbourne City FC at the Central Coast Stadium, where the home side are the 3/1 outsiders for victory with bookmaker BoyleSports. Having won both the 100m and 200m sprint titles during his time, Bolt would certainly offer the Mariners something a little different, with a potential attacking partnership with former Aston Villa man Ross McCormack likely to excite fans.

Ronaldo Reaches 400 Goal Landmark Ahead of Old Trafford Return

Cristiano Ronaldo has broken all kinds of records over the years, however the Portuguese superstar has now become the first player to register 400 goals across Europe’s top five leagues. The Juventus man even beat rival Lionel Messi to the prize, with the Argentine magician currently at 389 for Barcelona. Ronaldo, who signed for the Old Lady from Real Madrid over the summer, scored Juve’s goal in a 1-1 home draw with Genoa over the weekend, taking his Serie A tally to five for the season.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid man first caught the attention of fans around Europe with his early displays for Sporting in his homeland, before securing a big money move to Old Trafford back in 2003. Under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo would go on to score 84 times in the Premier League, lifting the top-flight trophy three times in the process, along with the UEFA Champions League in 2008. Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford this week, with Juventus taking on Manchester United in Europe’s premier club competition, where the Portuguese star is 4/1 with bookmaker William Hill to score the opening goal of the game.

Having long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, Ronaldo signed for the Spanish giants for a then world record fee in 2009, where he fired 311 La Liga goals for Los Blancos in just 292 appearances. Ronaldo would win a further four Champions League titles with Madrid, including three consecutive wins up until 2018, before the time was right to move onto pastures new. Juventus invested an estimated £88 in bringing Ronaldo to Turin, where the 33-year-old has recovered from a slow start to quickly become the main man in Serie A.

The comparisons between Ronaldo and Messi have long dominated the European game, however no matter which player you rate the highest, there is no denying the goalscoring ability of the Juventus man. Ronaldo beat Messi to recording 100 Champions League goals, whilst also reaching the 400-goal landmark before his great rival. Juventus have made an unbeaten start to their Serie A campaign, with a run of eight wins from nine matches leaving them four points clear of closest rivals Napoli. The Old Lady are the 1/4 favourites with William Hill to make it seven consecutive titles in Italy, with Ronaldo set to play a significant role.