The Guardian has included Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the list of World’s 100 greatest footballers. Introducing Mkhitaryan, The Guardian writes “Shakhtar’s player of the year last season, he’s got even better this season.”
“Shakhtar had tended to field Brazilians in creative positions and eastern Europeans at the back but Mkhitaryan has broken that trend, playmaking from an advanced central position and scoring hatfuls of goals. His time spent operating deep last season has enhanced his tactical understanding and Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar’s coach, has hailed his work rate in closing down attacks, the article reads.
“Mkhitaryan was seven when his father, an Armenia international, died from a brain haemorrhage; he is already, even at 23, accepted as the greatest Armenian player since the break-up of the USSR,” writes the Guardian.