Cristiano Ronaldo will be in Zurich this weekend to, probably, receive his the FIFA Ballon d’Or for a second year in a row so he is used to people making tributes for him, but this may be one of the best.
Animator Richard Swarbrick has charted the rise of Ronaldo from his time at Manchester United to his current status as best player in the world at Real Madrid. It is a series of animations depicting some of the Portuguese’s best moments, cleverly called 'Ballon Draw'.
Starting with his trademark slaloming runs through defences at Old Trafford it moves on to his iconic stance before taking a free-kick, where it holds still a moment before switching his kit into the all white of Real Madrid.
Another nice feature is the whole scene being cast on a drawing pad and the background goes from Old Trafford through Manchester and eventually to Madrid and the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo was already a Ballon d’Or winner from his time at Manchester United, but it was his £80million move to los Blancos that saw him really step up a level and break all sorts of records for goalscoring and competing with Lionel Messi to be called the world’s best.
It is his Barcelona counterpart who will, once again, challenge him for the title once again, along with Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Ronaldo is the runaway favourite to win it for a third time in his career.