For many younger fans, Andriy Shevchenko is simply a player who was supposed to be good but was a huge flop at Chelsea. For the rest of us, his stints at Dynamo Kyiv and AC Milan are what are worth remembering.
Long before Roman Abramovich shelled out £30.8 million for the then 30-year-old Ukrainian, Shevchenko was terrorising defences in his native country before moving on to Italian giants, AC Milan.
While at Kyiv, he won five consecutive Ukrainian Premier League titles, including three domestic doubles, and netted 94 goals in 166 games, going on to become a household name across Europe with the club’s forays into the Champions League.
It’s too bad that Shevchenko’s reputation suffered as a result of moving to Chelsea, which, seeing as he scored 9 in 48 across three seasons—a better rate than Fernando Torres—seems somewhat unfair. Then again, Torres is hardly who you’d want fronting your attack nowadays.