Dmytro Chygrynskiy first appeared on the radar of major European clubs after his performances as a member of Olexiy Mykhaylychenko's Ukrainian U-21 squad.
The side reached the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final, only to lose 3-0 to the Netherlands.
Writing for UEFA.com, Eugene Sekundo gave a glowing assessment of Chygrynskiy:
Chygrynskiy the defensive colossus symbolises both the pragmatic and the pleasing aspects of Mykhaylychenko's side. With his long hair and socks down to his calves, this man-mountain resembles a tough centre-half from the old school. Yet his style can be easy on the eye, particularly when carrying the ball out of defence.
Looking back at that tournament, there were many "he could have been so much better" type of players: Yoann Gourcuff, Florent Sinama Pongolle, Grégory Bourillon, Thomas Kahlenberg, Raffaele Palladino, Daniël de Ridder, Nicky Hofs and Artem Milevskiy.
Fittingly, Chygrynskiy can also be added to that list.
He later won the UEFA Cup with Shakhtar Donetsk, so his C.V. was decent, but was it €25 million-decent?