I don’t know much at all about soccer, so I cannot speak on his technical ability in his new sport. But I do think he is very fortunate to have such great coaching. How many pro athletes who begin transitioning to another sport actually succeed? Not only is it very difficult from a practical standpoint, but it is also emotionally brutal for the athlete. Bolt is used to being a sports deity who can do no wrong and almost always wins. But to make it in soccer, he needs to remember how to be that wide-eyed teenager who is ecsatic to be fed the tiniest scrap from up above. He has to completely leave behind that world where everything he says becomes a hip new meme, he claps his hands and the media dances to his beat, and armies of gorgeous women are throwing themselves at him. He has to be a chump... that underdog who nobody believes in other than himself. And he has to be ready to play this role for 2-3 years while giving it his best and simultaneously understanding that the odds are stacked so heavily against him.
His coaches seem to recognize all of this and have been taking serious measures to make sure he is treated like a rookie who barely made the practice squad. But I am a bit worried about his reaction to his 2 goals in his first game. Suddenly he is back in the media doing his superstar thing as if he has already won. Hopefully he is able to go back to being “the rookie” ASAP, as he obviously still has a long way to go to reach he top.