Euro 2012: Why Shevchenko's Goals Prove He's Still a World-Class Goalscorer

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Euro 2012: Why Shevchenko's Goals Prove He's Still a World-Class Goalscorer
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Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko celebrates his goal against Sweden

The last match of the first round of group games at Euro 2012 saw Ukraine defeat Sweden 2-1.

Ukraine's talismanic striker and captain Andriy Shevchenko was the difference between the sides, cancelling out Zlatan Ibrahimovic's opener for Sweden, before netting a winner just after the hour mark.

Shevchenko has always been one of the world's greatest strikers.

Looking back through his career, his form at Dynamo Kiev (where he scored 60 goals in 117 games between 1994 and 1999) persuaded Italian giants AC Milan to buy him for a fee in the region of 25 million lira.

When he arrived in Italy, Shevchenko continued where he'd carried off in his homeland, and scored goals for fun. He's AC Milan's second-top goalscorer of all time with 127 goals in 226 matches.

In 2006, Shevchenko signed for Chelsea, but he couldn't repeat his form in the English Premier League and only scored nine league goals in two seasons at the club.

To some extent, it's his time at Chelsea that seems to have tarnished his reputation.

He put all those ghosts to bed earlier today with a stunning performance against Sweden at Euro 2012.

Shevchenko inspired his countrymen as they came from behind to beat the Swedes.

He led by example, held the ball up well and the goals he scored were almost like a flashback to the halcyon days where he was worshipped at AC Milan.

It wouldn't surprise me whatsoever if Andriy fired his country into the latter stages of Euro 2012.

Simply put, form is temporary, but class is permanent and Andriy Shevchenko proved tonight that he can still cut it at the highest level.

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