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Thu 06 May 2021 | 13:30

Andriy Shevchenko broke records and lit the pitch up with his prolific scoring ability both in clubs he played for and in the Ukraine national team. Keep on reading to find out more facts about Andriy Shevchenko.

Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko was born in Dvirkivschyna, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union in September 1976.

The first interesting

fact about Andriy Shevchenko

is that he began his sporting career as a competitive boxer but he was forced to abandon the sport in his early years due to his size and stature and thus began his marvelous footballing career.

He scored the third most goals in Champions League history. His 175 goals for

Milan

mark the second most in club history. He has also scored the second most goals for Derby della Madonnina.

Shevchenko is the leading goal scorer for the Ukrainian nation team with 48 goals. In 2004, he won the Ballon d'Or. With Milan he won the UEFA Champions League in 2003. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Andriy was the Ukrainian captain and led the team to the quarter finals. During his professional career, Shevchenko played for

Dynamo Kyiv

, Milan, and

Chelsea

.

Shevchenko decided to quit playing soccer in 2012 and concentrate on politics. He wanted to be elected to the Ukrainian Parliament in 2012 but his party did not win representation. He married to an American model named Kristen Pazik in 2004 and they have three sons together.

Andriy is good friends with the well-known designer, Giorgio Armani. Moreover, he is an ambassador for the SOS Children's Villages charity and started a foundation to support orphaned children.

Top Facts about Andriy Shevchenko:

Many fans know about Andriy Shevchenko’s distinguished career and success with Dynamo Kiev, AC Milan, and the

Ukrainian National Team

, but we take a look at some lesser-known facts about "Sheva".

Andriy Shevchenko early life

Andriy Shevchenko was born on a Wednesday, September 29, 1976 in Ukraine.

Andriy Shevchenko’s age

is currently 45. People born on September 29 fall under the zodiac sign of Libra. Moreover, his zodiac animal is Dragon.

Andriy Shevchenko was born in the village of Dvirkivshchyna, Yahotyn district, Kyiv region. Three years after the birth of their son, Andriy Shevchenko parents moved to Kyiv, to the Obolon district. There Andrew went to the first class of the 216th high school.

Although there is not enough information available about

Andriy Shevchenko childhood

, he got into the football profession at the age of 9 and his first coach was Alexander Shpakov. His parents were initially skeptical of their child's fascination, but the coach was able to convince them.

In 1990, the 14-year-old Dynamo won the Ian Rush Cup in Wales, and Shevchenko became the tournament's top scorer and received a pair of boots from Ian Rush himself.

In 1991, the "Dynamo" boys won the USSR championship among boys born in 1976. The team traveled to international tournaments in Europe, including the San Siro in Milan.

Among

facts about Andriy Shevchenko

is that his first appearance in adult football took place in the 1992/93 season. With 12 goals, he became the top scorer of the first league team "Dynamo-2". Then he was invited to the Olympic team of Ukraine, and he appeared in the major leagues.

He was first replaced on November 8, 1994 (the game with Shakhtar). At that time, the Dynamo team was coached by Jozef Szabo.

Andriy Shevchenko personal life

About

Andriy Shevchenko’s personal life

, it is worth mentioning that he is currently married to Kristen Pazik. The couple started dating in 2002 and have been together for around 19 years, and 3 months.

Andriy Shevchenko got married in 2004. His wife is an American model named Kirsten Pazik. They got acquainted in Milano at the fashion show of Giorgio Armani. By the way, Andriy is one of his friends.

The couple exchanged wedding vows on July 14, 2004, in a private ceremony on a golf course in Washington, D.C. They speak to each other in Italian.

On October 29, 2004, the couple’s oldest son, Jordan, was born. He was followed by Kristian (November 10, 2006), Alexander (October 1, 2012), and Rider Gabriel (April 6, 2014).

Before her relationship with Shevchenko, Kirsten was a famous nude model. But after her marriage she left her career and became a careful wife and a mother. Andriy and Kirsten have four sons. The first one – Jordan – is named after Michael Jordan.

As another fact about Andriy Shevchenko, it has been reported that it was Kirsten, who persuaded Andriy accept Chelsea contract and move to London. She was going to continue her career of a model and in London she had more chances. Regarding

Andriy Shevchenko children

, it should be mentioned that the American wife of Andriy Shevchenko lives in Ukraine with their four children. The eldest of them go to Ukrainian private school.

On 28 July 2012, Shevchenko announced that he was quitting football for politics. He was standing for election to the Ukrainian Parliament in the October 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election. But his party failed to win parliamentary representation.

Some facts about Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko was born in a tiny village in Ukraine called Dvirkivschyna. The little village has just five small streets and is located less than 250 kilometers from Chernobyl.

One of Shevchenko's close friends is 80 year old fashion designer Giorgio Armani. The two are also in business together having opened a couple of boutiques in the Ukraine.

After retiring from football in 2012, Shevchenko joined Ukrainian political party Ukraine - Forward! Andriy entered the parliamentary elections, but came in second place within his party.

Andriy Shevchenko is the all-time goal scoring leader for the Ukrainian national team. While his record of 48 goals for his country is known to many, what's interesting is the fact that the two footballers sitting in second place behind him only managed a combined tally of 30 goals for their country, with 15 each.

Media tycoon and former three-time Italian Prime Minister Silivio Berlusconi is the godfather of Shevchenko's first son Jordan. Sheva was playing for Berlusconi's AC Milan in 2004 when his son was born. Andriy started his professional career in football as halfback.

Speaking about

Andriy Shevchenko parents

, it should b mentioned that his father, Nikolay Shevchenko, did not want his son to pursue career in football.

Among noticeable facts about Andriy Shevchenko is that he was not accepted in the most prestigious football school in Kiev “Dynamo.”

In 1990, Andriy Shevchenko participated in «Ian`s Rush Cup» and became the best bombardier, even though he was the youngest player in his team. Ian Rush, star of the “Liverpool”, presented Shevchenko his personal pair of boots.

A very important

fact about Andriy Shevchenko

is that he was the first Ukrainian, who won the

Premier League

.

In February of 2008 he was included in the top 10 highly paid football players in the world earning 7.8 million euro a year.

In 1999, Shevchenko started playing in “Milan” and became an idol for “tifozi”(Italian fans).

Silvio Berlusconi is goddfather of Andriy`s youngest son – Jordan.

If Andriy did not choose football as his life path, he could have become a successful golf player.

In 2013, Andriy Shevchenko, together with Kakha Kaladze and Cristiano Ronaldo opened football school in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Andriy Shevchenko professional career

Shevchenko is definitely the best attacker in Europe. He has a great deal of consistency and he just keeps scoring. He is a complete player, someone who can do everything on a football field," Carlo Ancelotti commented about Andriy Shevchenko. 

Andriy Shevchenko began his sporting career as a competitive boxer but he was forced to abandon the sport in his early years due to his size and stature and thus began his illustrious footballing career.

Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko, born 29 September 1976, is a former Ukrainian footballer who played for Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea, and the Ukrainian national team. Shevchenko is ranked as the fifth top goalscorer in all European competitions with 67 goals.

With a tally of 175 goals scored for Milan, Shevchenko is the second most prolific player in the history of the club, and is also the all-time second-best scorer of the Derby della Madonnina (derby between Milan and their local rivals

Internazionale

) with 14 goals. In addition, he is the all-time top scorer for the Ukrainian national team with 48 goals.

Shevchenko's career has been highlighted by many awards, the most prestigious of which was the Ballon d'Or in 2004 (becoming the third Ukrainian, after Oleh Blokhin and Ihor Belanov, to receive it).

Shevchenko won the UEFA Champions League in 2003 with Milan, and he has also won various league and cup titles in Ukraine, Italy, and England. He is also a UEFA Champions League runner-up in 2005 and 2008.

In his illustrious international career, the striker led Ukraine as captain to the quarter-finals in their first ever FIFA World Cup appearance in 2006.

He is capable of playing centre-forward or attacking from the left wing and is effective with set-pieces and penalties. Even though mostly he was a striker, upon his return to Kiev he was used as a left winger.

Andriy Shevchenko club career

Andriy Shevchenko is a legendary Ukrainian soccer player who played as an attacker. Shevchenko is known as the legend of the Ukrainian national team and AC Milan and has also played for Dynamo Kyiv and Chelsea.

It is worth mentioning that Shevchenko became AC Milan's mainstay and became one of AC Milan's all-time top scores. In 2004, he won Ballon d'Or trophy.

Dynamo Kyiv

Shevchenko started out his professional career at age 16 when he came on for only 12 minutes as a substitute in a 0–2 home loss to the Odessa second team Chornomorets-2 Odessa on 5 May 1993.

From 1994 to 1999, Shevchenko strengthened Dynamo Kyiv’s senior team. Many beautiful moments had overshadowed him, such as when he won the championship and became the top scorer in the Ukrainian league.

But during his time with the Dynamo Kyiv, there was one very historical moment that made his name begin to be known to the world.

The incident was at Camp Nou, the iconic historical stadium of the world’s big club, Barcelona. Exactly that day, on November 5, 1997, Louis Van Gaal received the arrival of Dynamo Kyiv to take part in the Champions League group stage match.

Both Dynamo Kyiv and

Barcelona

qualified for the European Champions League group stage in 1997 through qualifying. Kyiv got rid of Welsh minnows Barry Town and Danish champion Brøndby, while El Barca defeated Skonto from Latvia.

After three matches in Group C, the two sides then faced each other in the fourth party. At that time, the two teams were in different positions. Barcelona is in the caretaker with only one point, while Kyiv is unbeaten in three matches with a notch 7 points. Shevchenko was able to record his hat trick before halftime!

AC Milan

In 1999 Shevchenko made a high profile move to Italian side AC Milan with a price tag of a cool £26 million. Shevchenko made his debut in Serie A in August 1999 and managed to score 24 league goals in 32 matches thereby collecting the Serie A scoring title with ease.

Despite Shevchenko’s impressive goal tally AC Milan did not win any silverware until the 2002-2003 season when the won both the Serie A and the Champions League. Shevchenko became a hero at AC Milan and he is their second all time goalscorer being out scored only by the legendary Gunnar Nordahl.

Though his first couple of years in Milan did not produce silverware, Shevchenko managed to reach the summit of club football in 2003.

Having already secured the Coppa Italia that same year, Milan won their sixth Champions League trophy on penalties following a 0-0 draw against Italian rivals Juventus. Unsurprisingly, it was Shevchenko that was the hero at the end of the game, scoring the match-winning penalty.

A year later, Shevchenko added another medal to his already trophy-laden cabinet. This time it was Milan’s first Scudetto since 1999 and Shevchenko topped the scoring charts once again with 24 goals.

In 2006, he was the subject of interest from a new club, and another record-breaking transfer fee.

Chelsea

Former AC Milan and Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko reportedly signed for Chelsea in 2006 because his wife Kristen Pazik wanted their kids to learn English.

Former AC Milan forward Andriy Shevchenko has revealed that he signed for Chelsea because his wife wanted their kids to learn English. Shevchenko signed for Chelsea for a mammoth £30.8 million fee in 2006, breaking the then transfer record for a player signed by an English club.

The Ukrainian forward's time at the club was touted as highly unsuccessful, with the forward failing to replicate his AC Milan heroics at the Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had been a huge admirer of AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko and finally made a breakthrough in negotations signing the striker ahead of the 2006/07 season. One of the key reasons for Shevchenko to leave Milan and join Chelsea was his wife Kristen Pazik.

Abramovich's wife Irina and Andriy Shevchenko wife used to go out shopping in London and bonded well. It has been reported that Shevchenko's decision was a social one than a professional one, as the couple wanted their children to grow up speaking English.

During the time of Andriy Shevchenko's transfer from AC Milan to Chelsea, Jordan, their son, was still an infant and a second child, Kristian, was on the way.

Andriy Shevchenko International career

Shevchenko achieved 111 caps and scored 48 goals for the Ukrainian national team, whom he represented at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. He earned his first cap in 1995 and scored his first international goal in May 1996 in a friendly against

Turkey

.

In May 2012, Shevchenko was named in the Ukrainian squad for Euro 2012. In Ukraine's opening game, Shevchenko scored two headers to beat

Sweden

2–1 in Group D.

In Ukraine's final game, against

England

, Marko Dević scored a "ghost goal" in the second half, with Ukraine losing 1–0 to a

Wayne Rooney

goal. Dević's shot was hooked clear from behind the England goal-line by Shevchenko's former Chelsea teammate John Terry under the eyes of the additional assistant referee standing beside the goal (as confirmed by video replays).

The incident reopened football's goal-line technology debate. Replays, however, also showed Artem Milevskyi should have been ruled offside before Dević's shot. After this game, Shevchenko announced he would retire from international football, having been Ukraine's youngest and oldest goalscorer and record marksman with 48 goals in 111 appearances.

In November 2012, Shevchenko refused to accept Football Federation of Ukraine's proposal to become head coach of the Ukraine national team

Andriy Shevchenko coaching career

On February 16, 2016, Shevchenko joined the coaching staff of the national team of Ukraine headed by Mykhailo Fomenko. The first match of the Shevchenko-coach was a friendly game of the national team of Ukraine against the national team of

Cyprus

, in which the Ukrainians won. He was in the coaching staff during Euro 2016.

After the tournament, he became the head coach of the national team of Ukraine. His coaching staff included several foreign experts, including Italians Andrea Mulder and Mauro Tasotti. Mykola Vasylkov, a well-known Ukrainian TV presenter, journalist, and school friend of Shevchenko, became an adviser to the coaching staff on publicity issues.

In July 2016, Shevchenko announced that he would give up a friendly match with the Georgian national team before qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. In the end, Ukraine took third place in the group, beating the teams of Iceland and Croatia.

Despite the failure in the selection for the 2018 World Cup, Andriy's contract with the national team of Ukraine was extended.

Shevchenko after retirement

In 1998, Shevchenko joined the SDPU (O) and, as Viktor Medvedchuk claimed in an interview with Ukrayinska Pravda, he remained a member until at least mid-June 2005.

In the elections of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on October 28, 2012, Andriy Shevchenko became the second number in the list of Natalia Korolevska's party "Ukraine - Forward!" and contributed 10 million hryvnias in support of this political force.

Despite this, the party "Ukraine - Forward!" did not get into parliament, gaining 322,198 votes in Ukraine, or 1.58% of the total number of people who took part in the election.

In May 2018, he signed a letter demanding the release of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, a prisoner in Russia.

Andriy Shevchenko social media

Considering

Andriy Shevchenko social media

accounts, it should be mentioned that the forward is active on Instagram (

@andriyshevchenko

). He has 882k followers on this platform. He posts his professional and family pictures to share part of his life story with his followers.

Andriy Shevchenko twitter account is

@jksheva7

with more than 204K followers. Like his Instagram, his twitter account also includes some family pictures as well as some professional ones. Generally speaking, Andriy Shevchenko has a warm, extrovert personality

Andriy Shevchenko body measurement

Speaking of

Andriy Shevchenko body measurement

, it is worth mentioning that his height is 1.91cm and his weight is 88 kg. There is no more information available about his body measurement.

Andriy Shevchenko net worth

Andriy Shevchenko net worth

is estimated to be around $45 million dollars. In 1999, Shevchenko was recruited by Milan football team for $25 million. It was his first solid contract.

In fact, Andriy Shevchenko income is different from year to year. The main source of his income used to be sports. Shevchenko soccer got $187, 000 from Ukrainian football team. But Andriy Shevchenko Chelsea player got $800,000 of salary from Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich.

Andriy Shevchenko got sponsored and bonus money. Some part of the income of Andriy Shevchenko comes from his endorsement deals. Thus, he had endorsement deal with Red Bull (Indonesia) and many others. He also gets some income from his appearances at various sport shows as the special guest star.

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source: SportMob