Andriy Shevchenko has announced his retirement from soccer in order to pursue a career in politics.

The 35-year-old striker, who played for Ukraine at Euro 2012 , revealed the news late on Friday night in a statement released by his club, Dynamo Kiev.

"This will probably shock everyone," Shevchenko said on fcdynamo.kiev.ua.

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

"I hope for your support."

Shevchenko earned his reputation as one of Europe's most prolific strikers in two successful spells with AC Milan .

During his combined time with the Rossoneri, he scored 175 goals in 322 appearances and helped them lift the Champions League in 2002-03 and the Serie A title the following season.

His two stints with Milan sandwiched a three-year spell at Chelsea , although he struggled to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.

Shevchenko also won five league trophies with Dynamo having started - and now ended - his career there and is the all-time leading goalscorer with Ukraine's national team, netting 48 goals in 111 matches.