Soccer Aid 2023: Usain Bolt Does Rashford Celebration as World XI Beat England 4-2

Soccer Aid 2023: Usain Bolt Does Rashford Celebration as World XI Beat England 4-2

Rene Otinga
June 12, 2023 at 6:31 AM
  • England came up against the World XI in a Soccer Aid friendly match on Sunday, June 11
  • The World XI emerged victors with Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt among the scorers
  • The 35-year-old performed Marcus Rashford's celebration after finding the back of the net

The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt was on the score sheet once again in a Soccer Aid match as the World XI beat England Legends 4-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Bolt, known for his pace and passion for football, found the net midway through the first half and made no mistake when one-on-one with David James.

Interestingly, he decided to replicate the celebration made famous by Manchester United star, Marcus Rashford, by pointing to his head.

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Usain Bolt during Soccer Aid for Unicef 2023 at Old Trafford on June 11, 2023 in Manchester, England. Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage.
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How the exhibition game went

The game was devoid of much action in the first half, but things opened up in the second period when professional goalkeepers were replaced by celebrities.

England needed just eight minutes in the second half to turn the game on its head, as goals from Asa Butterfield and Paul Scholes gave them the lead.

There was more action to come as Robbie Keane came off the bench with immediate impact, making it 2-2 as the ex-Ireland striker bent in a beauty off the post.

He scored again moments later and unleashed his classic celebration, on a pitch where he was arguably the most talented among fairly inexperienced players.

England went forward searching for an equaliser and left themselves exposed after losing the ball, with Mo Farah and Kem Cetinay teaming up against Paddy McGuinness.

Cetinay, a television presenter and personality, became the record scorer in Soccer Aid history with the goal, passing Clarence Seedorf. According to Daily Star, the match raised over £14.6million for Unicef.

Why Bolt never went professional

Sports Brief also reported on the various reasons why Usain Bolt’s never played football professionally.

Among other factors, the sprinting legend embarked on his footballing dream fairly late, at 30 years old.

His first reality check came at Borussia Dortmund, where he trialled but was not seen as good enough.

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