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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Young Dynamo Kiev Star Looks West




He might not be a household name like Ronaldo or Alan Shearer, but Dynamo Kiev's Andriy Shevchenko is hoping it's only a matter of time.


"You can only make a name for yourself playing in one of the top European leagues or in the Champions' League," said Shevchenko, who is in Moscow competing in the annual Commonwealth Cup tournament.


The Kiev native has already made a strong name for himself in the eyes of European soccer experts, especially after netting a hat trick in Dynamo's 4-0 thrashing of mighty Barcelona at Nou Camp Stadium last November.


It was reported that Shevchenko, 21, attracted interest from several of Europe's big clubs, including AC Milan and Barca, but Dynamo President Grigory Surkis vowed to keep his "bread and butter" man even if the club was offered $15 million or $20 million.


Still, Shevchenko said it won't be long before he moves to an elite European team.


"It might even be right after this season, but the main thing for me now is to be in top shape for the coming quarterfinal matchup," said Shevchenko, talking about a highly anticipated duel between Dynamo and Juventus in the European Cup in March.


Although Shevchenko declined to say which club he wants most to play for, he hinted that he prefers the Italian league.


And who does he admire the most?


"Everyone expects me to name Ronaldo," he said. "Of course, he is the man, but I think [Gabriel] Batistuta is not far behind."


Still, Shevchenko is not about to call on an agent.


"I don't even have one yet. A player needs an agent when he is looking for a team," he said. "I don't have that problem. What I need is a competent lawyer who could get me a good contract."