In our Transfers that shook the club feature, Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at deals that had many may not have seen coming and the impact that they had during their time by using statistical data and pundit remarks.
When Andriy Shevchenko signed for AC Milan from Dynamo Kyiv in 1999, he may not have played for a club outside of Ukraine, but he had scored a hat-trick against Barcelona, as well as braces against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the Champions League, as per Transfermarkt.
So when the Italian club paid £21.52m for him, it will have seemed justified to many, though if there were some who doubted the reasoning behind it, Shevchenko would go on to prove he was worth that and more.
Over two spells in Milan, the Ukrainian would go on to play a total of 332 games, scoring 175 goals and getting 27 assists, playing an integral part in the club winning a Champions League, Serie A, Copa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, and a UEFA Super Cup.
It is undoubted that he made his impact on the club during his time there as a player, as is also signified by the fact he was awarded Best Player in Europe in 2004.
There is an indication that he could now be given the opportunity to impress in Milan once again, having made his mark against Europe’s best from within Ukraine, but this time from the dugout.
This comes after suggestions that he is a backup option for the club if they are unable to get Pep Guardiola to join in 2021.
He has already shown that he can be effective, having led his nation to Euro 2020 qualification with a 2-1 victory over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
The 43-year-old has proven himself to be influential in getting Milan trophies as a player, with the club not having won a league title since 2010/11, they may look for him to do so again as manager.
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