Usain Bolt believes Cristiano Ronaldo is “definitely” faster than him, and has hailed the Juventus superstar as a “super athlete”.
Bolt retired from athletics in 2017, he produced a world-record time of 9.58 seconds in the 100m at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. And he also ran the 200m in 19.9s.
But Bolt feels Ronaldo is now faster because he is still delivering the goods week in, week out at the highest level.
“For sure Cristiano [is faster than me],” Manchester United fan Bolt, who also tried to forge a career in football post-athletics following trials with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and A-League side Central Coast Mariners, told Marca Sport Weekend .
“For me he works out every day, he is a super athlete. “He’s always on top of his game, he works hard and he is focussed. Right now I definitely think he would be faster than me.”
Ronaldo has already scored six goals in four Serie A games for Juventus this campaign, while the 35-year-old netted in Portugal’s 7-0 friendly victory over Andorra on Wednesday.
Ronaldo left Manchester United for Real Madrid for a then-world record fee in 2009, having scored an incredible 118 goals for the club in all competitions.
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In Spain, Ronaldo became Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer with 450 – 311 of those coming in the Spanish league.
Ronaldo has already scored 71 goals and two Serie A trophies to his name with Juve, but speculation that he could leave for Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester United next year has been swirling recently.