Andrey Arshavin Biography
(Russian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Winger / Midfielder)
Birthday: May 29, 1981 (Gemini)
Born In: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Andrey Arshavin is a Russian former footballer who played as a striker and attacking midfielder. One of the most popular footballers of all time, he started his career with Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2000. After winning several trophies for the club, including Russian Super Cup and UEFA Cup, he debuted for the Russian national team in May 2002, scoring his first goal the following year. In 2006, Arshavin was named Footballer of the Year in Russia and he eventually went on to become the most expensive player in Arsenal's history. Born in Leningrad, he began playing football at an early age and was enrolled in the Smena football academy at the age of seven. His father, who played as an amateur footballer, persuaded him to take up the sport. As a schoolboy, Arshavin was a talented draughts player as well. After playing football for years and winning numerous honors and trophies, he retired from his career in 2018. On a personal note, the former footballer is married and has three children. Besides football, he is interested in fashion and politics.