We’ve no idea how much he was paid, but it sounds as though FC Barcelona legend Ronaldinho was more than happy to lend his considerable talents to last year’s Spanish motion capture session for FIFA Street 3.
“Then in walks Ronaldinho with friends, family, and his personal assistant,” said attending EA producer Justin Sheffield. “He’s wearing a sleeveless t-shirt, board shorts, flip flops and sunglasses that look like they cost more than my car. And he’s beaming – this isn’t just a photo-op for him – he loves to play football in any form. He gets suited up and into the capture space (that took our team days of around-the-clock work to get it all set up) and immediately we start rolling – right after he asks through his interpreter to have us crank up some music so he can get into the mood. The things he can do with a football are magic – he makes it look effortless, laughing and dancing (hence the music request) the whole time. We kept throwing different moves at him – and he pulled off every one – then threw in a bunch of his own.”
FIFA Street 3, the third “acrobatic” football game in the EA series, hits Europe on February 22 for DS, PS3 and Xbox 360. Here’s a video of grown men behaving like children to give you an idea of what to expect.