Former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Schevchenko will make his debut as a professional golfer this week at a Challenge Tour Event in his home country Ukraine, reports the Metro.

Shevchenko, the former footballer who played for Chelsea and AC Milan in an illustrious career, is understandably excited about the prospect of taking part in professional sport once again.

"This is the first big event for me and of course it is the first major professional tournament in Ukraine," he said.

"I have played with many good players in Pro-Ams but it’s very different out here. I’m looking forward to it and hope I play well but it’s my first event so I just want to have a good time and enjoy the week.

"The course is quite difficult. I’m happy with my game at the moment and I’m really happy to be here. I know the President of the club, he is my good friend and his daughter has been caddying for me. He invited me to come and I had to."

The 36-year-old retired from football last year after spending his final three years at the club where he first made his name, Dynamo Kiev.

Shevchenko made his debut for the club in 1994, but left for Serie 'A' five years later. His spell at the San Siro brought domestic and European titles, before moving to Chelsea in 2006.

His stint at Stamford Bridge was less successful, returning to Milan on loan two-years after the switch to west London. Having signed for the Blues for £30million, he left with just nine league goals to his name.

But the Ukrainian, who plays off a handicap of two, will now face a tough challenge amongst a group of experienced golfers. 

Three-time European Tour winner Nick Dougherty and former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson will be favourites for the Challenge Tour Event.

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