, a former player for Ukraine and Ballon d’Or winner, delivered a stirring speech before presenting the women’s award at the 2022 event. Andriy Shevchenko, a former striker for Dynamo Kyiv, Chelsea, and AC Milan, was chosen to present the 2022 Ballon d’Or Feminin trophy. The Ukrainian used the chance to make a passionate and heartbreaking speech at the Theater du Chatelet about the war destroying his native country.
Shevchenko emphasized his pride in his country’s fighters as he introduced the women’s award. Since the beginning of the war, he claimed, it has been a challenging time. I am incredibly proud of the way my nation upholds and defends its freedom. The 46-year-old emphasized the need for aid to Ukraine as well, saying that it was crucial to remember that the conflict was still ongoing and that it was crucial to support Ukraine.
Shevchenko’s remarks rang true as the battle raged on in Ukraine after Russia invaded the nation. As players from all over the world gathered to honor the game’s top players, it was a sharp reminder that there are things in life that are more significant than football. Shevchenko gave Alexia Putellas, who won for the second year in a row, the Ballon d’Or Feminin in the women’s division.
Putellas surpasses previous champions Ada Hegerberg (2018) and Megan Rapinoe (2019), who both have one win, to become the first athlete to win the prize twice since it was established in 2018.
Shevchenko has been out of football since being fired from Genoa in January 2022, but he will undoubtedly keep speaking out against the conflict in his native Ukraine. After failing to qualify for Qatar 2022, Ukraine will play its next match against England in the Euro 2026 qualifiers on March 26.
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