'Lightning does strike twice' - The world reacts to Bolt's big brace

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Usain Bolt's incredible two-goal performance for the Central Coast Mariners on Friday night may have brought him one step closer to an A-League contract, but it definitely got the whole world talking.

Players past and present weighed in on the 32-year-old's 75-minute showing, as well as the world's leading sports media outlets, and it appears all are on board with Bolt's professional football bid.

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy was pleasantly surprised with the Olympic legend's end-product, tweeting: "Great movement and finish!".

While British talk show Soccer AM could not help but applaud the Jamaican's effort in front of goal compared with struggling United star Alexis Sanchez.

Bolt was withdrawn to a warm reception as the Mariners ran out 4-0 winners over Macarthur South West United and he has since set his sights on a prolonged stay on the Central Coast.

"This is what I worked towards, I tried to improve myself, I tried to get better, and I'm on the way to doing that," Bolt said after the match.

"We have to sit down with the coach, the management side and figure out how we go forward, what's the plan, if they're going to sign me or I need to do more. So I'm just waiting on that.

"I'm keen, that's why I'm here – to play my best and to try to get into the team."