Armenia captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan is placed 57th (up from 77th last year) in The Guardian’s list of 100 best footballers in the world 2016.
José Mourinho has received plenty of criticism for his apparent coldness towards Mkhitaryan, although the Armenian midfielder recently took the blame for his slow start at Manchester United, The Guardian writes.
“The problem wasn’t him, it was me,” Mkhitaryan said. “Even so, it was not easy to understand his absence from a side crying out for more creativity. Quick, elusive and intelligent, Mkhitaryan was superb in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund last season, which is why he has shot up by 20 places, and he has teased United with glimpses of class in the past month. They will be aching for more in 2017,” The Guardian says.
The list of the greatest male players on the planet has been compiled by a panel of 124 experts from 45 nations.