Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has once again reiterated that the Rossoneri colours will always be in his heart while reflecting on his career.
Shevchenko made 322 appearances for the Rossoneri during his two spells at the club, winning five major honours and scoring 175 goals in the process.
He and Milan seem to be eternally linked. Shock reports emerged after Milan’s defeat to Fiorentina earlier in the season that the club were considering a bid to get Sheva to return as head coach, but nothing materialised.
Shevchenko spoke to Milan’s official social media channels about his time at the club, and his words were transcribed by MilanLive.
“Red and black will always be in my heart,” he began.
“Milan has given me so much, they made me grow up, I won a Champions League.”
Shevchenko spoke of his beginnings: “At 22 I wanted to play in Serie A. Milan followed me and I accepted immediately. At first I struggled to insert myself, but Zaccheroni was very important to me. I had an excellent relationship with him. The first game I claimed was in Rome against Lazio, I scored a hat trick.
“Winning the top scorer in my first year is no small feat. It was a Milan under construction, I was sure we would have done great things.”
On the Scudetto won in 2004: “It was a great joy. We played against Roma and won with a comeback. What a thrill to triumph in San Siro by beating our rivals. It was one of the best moments of my career.”
On the Ballon d’Or: “ I thought I deserved it, I had given everything. It was great to win it and raise it in front of my AC Milan fans. I was very attached to them, to the Italian people. Milan is my second home.”