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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has a wealth of experience: he speaks many languages, he’s visited numerous countries, played for a range of clubs, stood alongside players of different nationalities and been managed by some great coaches. Despite his worldly wanderings, he’s always stayed close to his roots, with early heartbreak guiding his journey both on and off the pitch.

Born in Yerevan on 21 January 1989, Henrikh has become Inter's maiden Armenian player. He was born in Armenia but grew up in France. This was because his father, Hamlet, was playing in Ligue 2 and banging in the goals as a striker. The bond between father and son is perfectly captured through football, but their time together was to be cut short after his father passed away from illness at a young age.

His passion for football was established early on and it only grew stronger. At just 13 years of age, Mkhitaryan flew to Brazil to train with São Paulo and shared a room with an older player, who happened to be former Nerazzurri star Hernanes. This was to be just one of several coincidences with Inter in his career.

Here, he worked on the technical side to his game, played a different, creative style of football and learnt another language. On top of Armenian and French, young Henrikh got to grips with Portuguese, which served him well when he played in Donetsk as half of his team-mates at Shakhtar were Brazilian. It was in Ukraine that he blossomed into a star, first at Metalurh, but especially at Shakhtar under former Inter coach Mircea Lucescu.

In 2012/13, he finished the season with 29 goals, with his style marked by a direct, pragmatic approach with no frills. He’s a player who can contribute to build-up play but can finish moves off too. Next up was Germany, first under Jürgen Klopp, then Thomas Tuchel. The systems they played saw him develop further before he then made the leap to the Premier League, where he played for Manchester United and Arsenal. He spent three seasons in England and, among other successes, he won the Europa League with the Red Devils, scoring a crucial goal in the final.

Armenia, France, Brazil, Ukraine, Germany and England: there have been many stops on his way to Italy. He spent three campaigns at Roma, making 116 appearances, scoring 29 goals and winning the Conference League.

From Valence to Milano: Henrikh's journey added another leg in the summer of 2022 when he signed for Inter. In the black and blue jersey, he made 49 appearances and scored five goals in his first season, including a crucial one in the Champions League semi-final first leg in the derby. To date, he has won one Supercoppa Italiana and one Coppa Italia.

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Career Path

2022 - now


FC Internazionale Milano

68 appearances

1 season played

11 goals scored

1X Coppa Italia

1X Super Cup


2020 - 2022


AS Roma

100 appearances

2 seasons played

23 goals scored

1X UEFA Europa Conference League



2006 - 2022



89 appearances

16 seasons played

33 goals scored




2019 - 2020


AS Roma

27 appearances

1 season played

9 goals scored




2018 - 2019


Arsenal FC

70 appearances

1 season played

10 goals scored




2016 - 2018


Manchester United FC

74 appearances

2 seasons played

17 goals scored

1X UEFA Europa League

1X Community Shield

1X League Cup

2013 - 2016


BV Borussia 09 Dortmund

160 appearances

3 seasons played

51 goals scored

2X Super Cup



2010 - 2013


FC Shakhtar Donetsk

106 appearances

3 seasons played

44 goals scored

3X Cup

3X Premier League

1X Super Cup

2009 - 2011


Armenia Under 21

6 appearances

2 seasons played

6 goals scored




2009 - 2010


FC Metalurh Donetsk

45 appearances

1 season played

16 goals scored




2007 - 2009


Pyunik FC

6 appearances

2 seasons played

11 goals scored




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