Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko has quit football to pursue a career in politics.

The former AC Milan and Chelsea forward announced his immediate retirement from the game on Saturday just weeks after winning his 111th international cap for Ukraine as they co-hosted Euro 2012 with Poland.

He retires with a host of titles, including the Serie A Scudetto, the Champions League and English FA Cup while playing for Chelsea under current Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.

“Lobanovskyi made me a player. He transformed me from knowing how to play with a ball to knowing how to play football”
– Andriy Shevchenko

In announcing his retirement, the goal machine explained: “I want to share the experience I have acquired in Europe and do something for my country.” He has already done all that, and so much more.

“Sheva is up there as one of the world’s greatest strikers for a generation. He’s a legend, a true superstar”
– Frank Lampard

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