Manchester United news: ‘Machine’ Cristiano Ronaldo will play until he is 42, predicts Usain Bolt

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Usain Bolt has predicted that Cristiano Ronaldo will play until he is 42 after the forward completed a sensational return to Manchester United.

The fastest man in history, who is a Manchester United fan, has said it is exciting to see the Portuguese captain back at the club where he made his name 12 years after leaving Old Trafford.

While Bolt retired from competitive athletics at a comparatively tender 31 years of age, the Jamaican thinks Ronaldo could continue playing for at least another five years.

“It’s a massive deal to see him back,” Bolt told BBC Sport of the 36-year-old.

“Cristiano [Ronaldo] demands a lot, so he will demand a lot from these players and it will only make them better. He’s on a different level, he is a machine.

Usain Bolt holds off the challenge of Wayne Rooney during Soccer Aid (Getty Images)
Usain Bolt holds off the challenge of Wayne Rooney during Soccer Aid (Getty Images)

“I think he will play until he’s 42 because he will always be so fit and on a higher level to a lot of the younger players because of the work he puts in and the dedication he has.”

Bolt, eight times an Olympic gold medallist during an illustrious career on the track, was briefly signed by Australian football side the Central Coast Mariners at the conclusion of his athletics career.

He had previously told The Guardian that having the chance to play for Manchester United would be like “a dream come true.”

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