Head of the Penta Center for Applied Political Studies Volodymyr Fesenko has said that well-known footballer Andriy Shevchenko's joining the Ukraine-Forward! Party led by Natalia Korolevska will not seriously influence the party's rating, but this will add a certain number of votes to the political force, which could be important in overcominh the 5% threshold in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada.
“It will add some votes to Natalia Korolevska’s party, but this
increase will be insignificant,” he said at a press conference in Kyiv
He said that by entering politics, Shevchenko would somewhat reduce
his national ranking as the most successful Ukrainian footballer, but
this will add some intrigue in a future election campaign.
He said that the party, in his opinion, did not focus on the
political electorate, so the appearance of such a person could be
Fesenko said that it would not be easy for Shevchenko to find his place in Ukrainian politics