Usain Bolt Delivers Exquisite Assist in Soccer Aid Match, Video of Jamaican Sprint King Goes Viral

Usain Bolt Delivers Exquisite Assist in Soccer Aid Match, Video of Jamaican Sprint King Goes Viral

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at June 10, 2024 at 7:12 AM
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  • Usain Bolt captained World XI in the 2024 Soccer Aid for UNICEF charity game against England XI held at Stamford Bridge on Sunday
  • He marked the occasion with a lovely assist to Alessandro Del Piero, although his side ended up losing by a landslide scoreline of 6-3
  • Unfortunately for the Olympic sprinter, a multiple gold medal winner in Jamaican colours, he had to be stretchered off due to injury

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Jamaican sprint king, Usain Bolt, provided a sublime assist to Alessandro Del Piero during the 2024 Soccer Aid for UNICEF match at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday, June 9.

Bolt, an avid football follower and a dyed-in-the-wool Manchester United fan, featured for the World XI against England XI in a thrilling encounter which produced nine goals.

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Retired Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, captained the World XI in the charity game against England XI on Sunday, June 9 2024. Photos by Mike Marsland and Ian MacNicol.
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Usain Bolt's expert assist to Del Piero

The retired sprinter expertly teamed up with the former Juventus and Italy attacker to score one of the World XI's three goals in their 6-3 defeat.

Showing excerpts of his sprinting ability, the 37-year-old, who captained his side, made a run with the ball on the right flank before serving Del Piero a well-weighted pass.

The Italian then made no mistake, finding the top corner to give World XI the lead for the first time in the game.

However, Bolt's evening ended in painful fashion. He was stretchered off due to an injury, which he revealed on his official X account as a ruptured Achilles.

How England XI beat Usain Bolt's World XI?

Former Chelsea and England star, Joe Cole, opened the scoring with a precise volley that slipped through the legs of former teammate, Petr Cech, who was guarding the net for the World XI.

Shortly after, Stamford Bridge favourite, Eden Hazard, rolled back the years with a stunning free kick to equalise, per GOAL, followed by Del Piero putting Bolt's team ahead.

Ellen White then made Soccer Aid history by becoming the first female to score in the charity match, levelling the game after an impressive setup by Jack Wilshere.

Just minutes into the second half, Steven Bartlett's brilliant finish restored the lead for the Three Lions, and Jermaine Defoe soon extended it to 4-2.

Billy Wingrove's successful penalty brought the World XI closer at 5-3, but Theo Walcott's late lob secured England's first Soccer Aid victory since 2018.

Bolt taunts Arsenal with Man United

Sports Brief also reported that Usain Bolt stated Manchester United had a better season compared to Arsenal, despite the Red Devils' poorest Premier League finish ever.

Bolt's perspective is that while the Gunners fought valiantly for the title, they ended the season without any trophies, while his favoured team came away with an FA Cup trophy.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.