Oleg Blokhin – the first Ukrainian winner of the Golden Ball

Many football fans around the world believe that Andriy Shevchenko is the only Ukrainian winner of the Golden Ball. However, this is far from it, because 30 years before him, in 1975, the award was already won by another Ukrainian, namely Oleg Blokhin. Naturally, archive does not contain results from the 70s, but if you’re interested in  the statistics of modern stars, you can use the correspondent section. 

Returning to Blokhin, it should be mentioned that at the time he played for Dynamo Kyiv, as a citizen of the Soviet Union. However, after the collapse of the state, some resources, mostly Russian, ignored the nationality of the player. For them, this victory was still Soviet, even though the Kyiv team of those years was the hegemon of Soviet football. It should be noted that the forward joined the main Dynamo line-up at the age of 17 in 1969 and played 19 seasons in this team. In total, he played 585 games and scored 280 goals for the team. Naturally, he was one of the best in the world in terms of such indicators, and therefore he deservedly received his award. Thanks to the successes of Shevchenko, Belanov and Blokhin, 1xBet seriously consider Ukraine as a hidden favorite in international tournaments.

Interestingly, the Kyiv team was not the only one in his professional career. At the age of 36, he went to play in the Austrian “Vorwarts” in 1988, and then in the Cypriot “Aris” (1989). His stats were far from ideal, so it was no wonder that he decided to end his career in 1990. It was impossible to Make live bet with at the time, but now the situation has changed. Therefore, if you are not in time for the start of your favorite team’s match, you can still bet on it in the course of the game. Oleg Blokhin became a legend not only for Dynamo, but for the national team of the Soviet Union. In the main and Olympic team he played a total of 124 games and scored 51 goals, becoming one of the top scorers. Make live bets with 1xBet and earn more. The betting company offers excellent conditions for betting fans.

What the Ukrainian has managed to win in his career

On the one hand, it is possible to say that Oleg Blokhin was lucky with the team, because Dynamo Kyiv really was one of the best clubs of the time. On the other hand, he was the leader of the club. Definitely, at, if he were still playing right now, he could be among the favorites to win the Golden Ball on a regular basis. At the time, he managed to:

  • win the championship of the USSR seven times;
  • win the USSR Cup five times;
  • win twice the Cup Winners’ Cup (1975, 1986) and once the UEFA Super Cup (1975).

There is no point in enumerating the player’s individual awards. He has always shown a phenomenal game, and therefore every year he was included in various symbolic teams. You can bet on matches involving Ukrainians at 1xBet. After all, exactly Oleg Blokhin was the idol for many of them and fans loved the game that he showed. 

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