£30.8 million Chelsea flop to take up professional golf

Shevchenko

Could AC Milan legend Andriy Shevchenko become a professional golfer?

Andriy Shevchenko has been a busy man since retiring from football in 2012.

He pledged to follow former Chelsea midfielder Alexei Smertin by becoming a politician, but had no success in the Ukrainian elections at the end of last year.

Now he is looking at a far less controversial option: Golf.

Shevchenko, who won 111 international caps for his country, received a special invite to a European Tour event in his homeland.

"I started playing golf to escape the pressure of playing football. I start playing, I turn off my phone and shoot the balls.

"It's a completely different game when you are under pressure but I really enjoyed it still and so happy to be at this tournament, even if my scoring didn't go so good. It's a great experience for me."

Having reached Europe's peak in football by winning the Champions League with AC Milan, Shevchenko has to start at the bottom.

He finished t first event in 118th place, with a scorecard of a not too unrespectable 12 over par, considering it was his first event.

Shevchenko could now look to take up the sport full-time, given his passion for the game and basic skillset. He is said to have been practicising non-stop since last year, and even partnered Rory McIlroy at a pro-amateur event.

Unlike his Chelsea debut in the Charity Shield when he scored and it went all downhill from there, Shevchenko will hope there is a rapid improvement on his golfing debut, or at least a steady one.

Is it possible Shevchenko could become a success?

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