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New York Times: Ukraine's ruthless finisher takes on politics

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Jul. 29, 2012 16:56
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Ukraine's striker Andriy Shevchenko shakes hands with head of Ukraine Forward party Natalia Korolevska.
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Andriy Shevchenko, first among goal scorers in his part of the world, is leaving soccer to become a politician.

He gave Ukraine a victory over Sweden with two sharp, superbly angled headers in Kiev during the Euro 2012 tournament last month. But those goals — taking him to 48 in 111 national team appearances — were the last of a career that made him one of the best, and richest, strikers of his time.

The mind, as we saw in Kiev, was still sharp. But the body was telling him to go before he deteriorated further still. His back was aching, his thigh was strained. And after he suffered a kick to his knee, not even Shevchenko could lift Ukraine to another victory.

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