Igor Belanov, Ballon d’Or in 1986, joins the Ukrainian army

The former Ukrainian player joined a ‘ulocal unit of territorial defense”.

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He is one of those who have taken up arms to defend their country against the Russian offensive that began more than a month ago. Like it Sergiy Stakhovsky, Vasil Lomachenko, Oleksandr Usyk, Georgii Zantaraia or the Klitschko brothers, Ukrainian Igor Belanov has joined a “local territorial defense unit”. According to Ukrainian media, he joined a group near Odessa, where he is from.

The former Dynamo Kiev attacker also posted a series of four photos of him on his Facebook account on April 6, gun in hand with Ukrainian fighters, as well as autographs on soccer balls. “Peace to Ukraine and glory to all who resist the occupiers who have come to confront our country and our free and heroic people,” the 61-year-old former player wrote in the caption of his post.

He had already supported the Ukrainian army on March 16, still on Facebook. “Today I met the defenders of our homeland and expressed my deep gratitude for their courage and courage in the fight against the Russian occupiers,” he said. had he written?

Igor Belanov won the Ballon d’Or in 1986 when he played for the Dynamo Kiev, a club from the former USSR. Only two other Soviet players received this precious trophy for him: Lev Yashine in 1963 and Oleg Blokhine in 1975. I proudly played for the USSR and today I can’t believe my eyes in this war, he recently said:† Years ago I met Shoigu (Russian Defense Minister). If I saw him today, I’d ask him if he’s crazy, if he’s lost his sense of reality.”

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