Igor Belanov, the former striker who won the 1986 Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball), joined Ukraine's armed forces in a bid to help his country after Russia invaded.

The former player won eight titles at Dynamo kyiv and also played for Borussia Moenchengladbach and Eintracht Braunschweig in the 1980s and 1990s. But now, at 61, he has followed Oleksandr Usyk to become the club's latest sporting icon to take up arms.

The former striker also met with the president of the Ukrainian Football Association, Andriy Pavelko, after the latter visited Belanov's hometown of Odessa last Wednesday. The couple met to talk with various military groups, as well as to hand out aid and gifts.