London: Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has decided to retire from football to pursue a career in politics. The 35-year-old Ukrainian made the announcement in a statement released by his club Dynamo Kiev.
“This could shock everyone. My future is no longer in football,” the BBC quoted Shevchenko, as saying. “I will be going into politics,” he added.
According to the report, Shevchenko won his 111th and final cap for Ukraine on home soil at Euro 2012 when he came on as a substitute during his side``s 1-0 group stage loss to England, while at club level, he made his debut for Dynamo Kiev in 1994 and went on to earn a reputation as one of Europe``s most lethal strikers after he moved to A C Milan in 1999.
As a 29-year-old, Shevchenko signed for Jose Mourinho``s Chelsea for 30 million pounds in May 2006, but spent a largely unproductive two-season spell in the Premier League before returning to Milan, the report said.
After he was unable to reproduce the deadly form of his previous spell at the San Siro, he signed a two-year deal with Dynamo in August 2009, it added.