Milan legend has hung up his boots…
Former Milan, Chelsea and Dynamo Kyiv striker, Andriy Shevchenko has announced his retirement from football in order to pursue a career in politics. The 35-year-old striker, who played for Ukraine at EURO 2012, revealed the news late last night in a statement released by his club, Dynamo Kiev.
“This will probably shock everyone,” Shevchenko said on fcdynamo.kiev.ua. “My future will no longer be in football. I will give more information, but I will be going into politics. I hope for your support.”
Shevchenko earned his reputation as one of Europe’s most prolific strikers in two successful spells with Milan. During his combined time with i Rossoneri, he scored 175 goals in 322 appearances and helped them lift the UEFA Champions League in 2002/03 and the Serie A title the following season.
His two stints with Milan sandwiched a three-year spell at Chelsea, although he struggled to make his mark at Stamford Bridge. Shevchenko also won five league trophies with Dynamo having started – and now ended – his career there and is the all-time leading goalscorer with Ukraine’s national team, netting 48 goals in 111 matches.
Shevchenko scored both goals against Sweden in his team’s only victory of the 2012 European Championship before a home crowd.