But his pursuit of stardom would go on to break new ground.According to The Richest, Bolt has an estimated net worth of m, as much down to his success on the track as his enormous marketing potential.
The planet simply wouldn't be the same without him.
During his childhood, Bolt found himself drawn to football and cricket rather than athletics.
His biggest sponsorship deal is with Puma, which earns him $9m – dwarfed by many in different sports – but making him the best paid track and field athlete around.
On his way to winning 100m gold at Beijing 2008, Bolt recorded a speed of 27mph, 0.82 seconds per 10m.
Those splits reduced slightly in Berlin in 2009, when he registered 0.81 per 10m.
The speed is the fastest recorded by any sprinter in international competition.
His nicknames include 'Lightning Bolt', a tag he earned due to his post-race celebrations in which he lifts his arms at an angle. A website posing as Fox News claimed that the Jamaican had paid £50m to purchase the club from current owner Vincent Tan, with the runner excited to "take the club to new heights".
Neither Bolt or the club have commented on the story, which has been branded as fake news on social media.
Despite shooting down suggestions the pair are engaged, Bolt is currently dating Kasi Bennett, but has yet to propose to his long-term partner.
The eight-time Olympic champion was accused on cheating on Bennett when pictures emerged after Rio 2016 of him with another women.
His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 when he last won an Olympic event and subsequently retired.