Henrikh Mkhitaryan (born 21 January 1989) is an Armenian professional footballer who plays for Serie A club Roma and captains the Armenian national team.
Mkhitaryan plays as an attacking midfielder, but can also play out wide. He won four Armenian Premier League titles with Pyunik, and joined Metalurh Donetsk in 2009; he moved to city rivals Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010 for €6.1 million. At Shakhtar, Mkhitaryan set the league goalscoring record in the 2012–13 season, and was named the league’s Footballer of the Year. After also winning three domestic doubles, he signed for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee of €27.5 million, making him the most expensive Armenian player of all time.
There, he won a DFL-Supercup in 2014, and in the following campaign, registered the most assists in the Bundesliga, with 15, the second most in Europe. He then joined Manchester United for £30 million (€34.3 million), becoming the first Armenian to play in the Premier League. He won the FA Community Shield, and scored the winner to win the UEFA Europa League title. Mkhitaryan’s subsequent lukewarm form led him to sign for rivals Arsenal in 2018, and then to Serie A club Roma on an initial loan. He signed permanently in 2020.
Mkhitaryan has been a member of the senior side in his native country since 2007. He is Armenia’s all-time top goalscorer, scoring 30 goals in 88 matches, as well as registering their first hat-trick. He has been named Armenian Footballer of the Year ten times, being awarded the distinction every year since 2009 (with the exception of 2010 and 2018). Mkhitaryan was also voted the CIS Footballer of the Year in 2012 and 2013, making him the first Armenian footballer to be named the best player from post-Soviet countries.
On 31 August 2020, Mkhitaryan’s contract with Arsenal was cancelled by mutual consent and he joined Roma on a permanent deal.
On 5 November 2020, Mkhitaryan scored the club’s fastest-ever goal in the UEFA Europa League, after just 57 seconds, in a 5–0 defeat of Romanian outfit CFR Cluj. Three days later, he scored a hat-trick for Roma in a 3–1 Serie A win at Genoa.