KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko says he is retiring from football after 17 years and wants a career in politics.
Shevchenko, who began and ended his career with Dynamo Kiev, told the club's website: ''This time I'm certain. My future won't be tied with football. My future now is with politics.''
The 35-year-old helped Dynamo win five successive Ukrainian titles in the 1990s, scoring 60 goals.
He joined Milan in 1999, winning a series of trophies with the Serie A club, and being awarded the Ballon d'Or in 2004. He moved to Chelsea in 2006 before returning to Kiev three years later.
Shevchenko cemented his iconic status in Ukraine by scoring both goals against Sweden in his team's only victory of the 2012 European Championship before a home crowd.