Saturday, 28th July, 2012
Veteran Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko has retired from football to pursue a career in politics.
The 35-year-old ended his stint with Dynamo Kyiv at the end of last season and has opted for a life outside the game despite much speculation he would head to the MLS.
"This could shock everyone", said the former AC Milan man.
"My future is no longer in football", he added.
"I will be going into politics."
Shevchenko has refused to be drawn on when and where he will enter the political arena, but is due to hold a new conference to explain his thinking in greater detail.
The forward has enjoyed an illustrious career, with notable spells at Milan and Chelsea.
Shevchenko has an impressive trophy haul, with five Ukraine Premier League titles, three Ukraine Cups, one Serie A title, one Coppa Italia, one Champions League, one FA Cup and one League Cup to his name, amongst other accolades.
He also picked up the Ballon d’Or in 2004.
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