The legendary Ukrainian football player Shevchenko became Zelensky's external advisor

Andrey Shevchenko and Volodymyr Zelensky / Photo: Office of the President of Ukraine/Cover Images/ / INSTAR Images / Profimedia

Former Ukrainian football star Andriy Shevchenko has become an external adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukrainian media reports.

On September 26, President Zelensky announced the decree appointing Shevchenko as an external adviser, but it is not possible to understand from the presidential decree what Shevchenko's duties will be.

Shevchenko gained great international recognition as a player for the Italian Milan and the English Chelsea. With Milan, he won the Champions League in 2003, and a year later he also won the Golden Ball, the most prestigious football award.

The former footballer played 111 times for the national team and scored 48 goals, and before going abroad he represented Dynamo Kyiv. After his playing career ended in July 2012, Shevchenko first sat on the bench of the domestic teams as an assistant coach, and in July 2016 he became the head coach of the Ukrainian national team and led the national team to the quarter-finals of the European Championship in 2021, which is his best achievement to date. In the 2021/22 season. led the Italian Genoa.

He is considered one of the best Ukrainian football players of all time.
Last year, Ukrainian President Zelensky appointed the now 46-year-old Shevchenko as ambassador of the Foundation for Reconstruction and Development of Ukraine.

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