Former Ukrainian footballer, manager, and politician Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko is most known for his time as a player, manager, and politician. At A.C. Milan, he lasted seven years, while at Chelsea, he lasted three. He was a part of the Ukrainian national team from 1995 to 2012, and he owns the record for most goals scored by a Ukrainian player. In 2004, he took home the Ballon d’Or and the Bronze Medal at the FIFA World Player of the Year Awards event in Zurich, Switzerland.. One of Milan’s most successful players, Shevchenko has won Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup with the club throughout his career. A few months after retiring from the game, he entered politics by joining the Ukraine-Forward! Party. He ran for Ukrainian parliament in 2012 but was defeated. The fact that he wanted to manage the Ukrainian national team was indisputable despite his political aspirations. Previously, Shevchenko worked as the team’s assistant manager until being promoted to manager in July of that year.
Adolescence & Formative Years
Shevchenko was born in Dvirkivshchyna, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union on September 29, 1976, and is the son of Praporshchik Mykola Hryhorovych Shevchenko and his wife Lyubov Mykolaivitska. Elena is the name of his younger sister. His family moved to Kyiv – Obolon in 1979.
The 216th City School in Kyiv was where he went to school, and he was nine when he joined the football team there in 1986. While he dabbled in other sports including boxing, he finally settled on football as a professional path.
Professional Club Football
Andriy Shevchenko joined Dynamo Kyiv in 1986 after failing to get into a specialised sports school in Kyiv. For the next seven years, he competed at the youth level until making his senior team debut in 1994. He appeared in 117 games and scored 60 goals during his tenure there.
A.C. Milan paid a then-record transfer fee of $25 million to sign the enigmatic striker. Against Lecce, he made his Serie A debut on August 28th, 1999, drawing 2–2.
After only a few minutes, he had proven to Milan that they had made the correct decision by signing him. In his debut season, he was the league’s leading goal scorer, and he continued to play until 2006, appearing in 208 games and netting 127 times.
Shevchenko secured a £30.8 million deal with Chelsea in 2006, leaving Milan. In 48 games from 2006 to 2009, he scored nine goals, although it wasn’t quite as many as he did at Milan.
He spent a year on loan at AC Milan in 2008, appearing in 18 games but scoring zero goals.
Shevchenko signed a two-year contract with Dynamo Kyiv on August 28, 2009, his first day back in the league. He appeared in 55 games and scored 23 goals throughout that time period.
On July 28, 2012, he officially announced his retirement from football to enter politics. Shevchenko has 219 goals in 446 appearances for the Ukrainian national team.
A Career That Takes You Around the World
Shevchenko played eight games for Ukraine’s U18 team in 1994-95, as well as seven for Ukraine’s U21 squad in the same time period. In 1995, he made his international debut for Ukraine and went on to play 111 appearances for the national team, scoring 48 goals in total.
Both the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2012 campaigns saw him make key contributions for Ukraine. After Ukraine’s exit from the latter event, he announced his retirement from international football.
A Career as an Executive
Ukrainian national team manager Mykhaylo Fomenko named Shevchenko as his assistant manager on February 16, 2016. After Fomenko was fired owing to Ukraine’s early exit from Euro 2016, he was elevated to the managing position on 15 July. As of right now, he’s had a winning percentage of 55.56 percent.
Career in Politics
Shevchenko made a public support for Ukraine’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) in late 1990s (united). During the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election, he served as a campaign spokesperson for Viktor Yanukovych.
While still a member of the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party after his retirement in 2012, he was named second on his party’s list of parliamentary candidates in Ukraine in October of that year. In the election, his party came up short in terms of gaining parliamentary seats.
Personal and Family Life
Giorgio Armani, the designer and fashion tycoon, counts Andriy Shevchenko among his close friends. In 2002, Armani met Polish-American model Kristen Pazik at one of his parties.
On the 14th of July, 2004, the pair married secretly on a golf course outside of Washington, D.C. They communicate in Italian with each other.
Jordan, the couple’s first child, was born on October 29, 2004. Kristian (10 November 2006), Alexander (1 October 2012), and Rider Gabriel all came after him (April 6, 2014).
Ikkon.com is owned and operated by Shevchenko and Pazik. E-commerce website for selling and buying items relating to men’s fashion and way of life.
In June 2005, he was named an ambassador for the organisation SOS Children’s Villages.
Also, he’s started a charity to aid orphaned kids.