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Wed Apr 23 08:40:41 SAST 2014

Shevchenko hangs up boots

TEAMtalk Media | 29 July, 2012 14:170 Comments
England v Ukraine - Group D: UEFA EURO 2012
Andriy Shevchenko of Ukraine looks on during the Euro 2012 match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine
Image by: Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Dynamo Kiev striker Andriy Shevchenko has announced his retirement from football so as to pursue a career in politics.

The 35-year-old striker, who featured for Ukraine at Euro 2012, confirmed the news late on Friday night in an official statement on the Bilo-Syni's official website.

"This will probably shock everyone," stated Shevchenko.

"My future will no longer be in football. I will give more information tomorrow (Saturday) but I will be going into politics.

"I hope for your support."

Shevchenko made his name as one of Europe's most prolific strikers with AC Milan.

During his combined time with the Rossoneri, having been there either side of a stint at Chelsea, he scored 175 goals in 322 appearances for the Milan outfit and helped them lift the Champions League in the 2002/03 campaign and the Serie A title the following season.

Shevchenko ends his career as Ukraine's all-time leading goalscorer, scoring 48 times in 111 matches for the national side.

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