On paper, Andriy Shevchenko to Chelsea should have broken the Premier League, in reality, though, it did anything but.
In the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, there is a scene at the beginning where the protagonist, Indiana Jones, removes an ancient artefact, a golden monkey, from a weighted plinth. In doing so, he releases a huge boulder trap designed to crush any thief that lay before it. It is a truly iconic piece of film history – Jones sprinting through an abandoned temple away from almost certain death.
We use this analogy because, much in the same way Indiana Jones should not have meddled with that precious golden monkey, Roman Abramovich should have not have signed AC Milan legend Andriy Shevchenko. And though the protagonist survives in the film, Chelsea were crushed under the weight of the Ukrainian’s flop.
Shevchenko completed his move to Stamford Bridge in 2009 for an eye-watering £30.8million – a British transfer record at the time. Accounting for inflation, that would make him worth £144.4million in today’s transfer market – £19million more than Alan Shearer, as per Daily Mail calculations.
Andriy has always been my first choice for Chelsea since I arrived,” Mourinho said at the time. “Before it was not possible, now it is for real. He has great qualities, ambition, discipline, tactical awareness and of course he is a great goal scorer.”
Unfortunately, his Chelsea career did not quite hit the dizzying heights of his time in Milan. In his first season at the club, the once great marksman managed just four goals in 30 league appearances and often found himself relegated to the bench or not in the team at all. Shevchenko’s second campaign was not much kind either – making just 17 appearances he managed a paltry five goals.
It later transpired that the Ukrainian played a significant part in bringing down the Mourinho dynasty in 2009 (as per Calcio Mercato). So there is that, as well. Not great stuff, really, bringing down one of the clubs most successful managers.
With just nine Premier League goals and one resigned manager to his name, the Ukrainian departed English shores to join Dynamo Kiev in 2009.
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