I think it's about time, that we had a special thread for a special soccer (football) player Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Mirror, UKDec 1 2016Henrikh Mkhitaryan opens up about loss of father - who wanted him to be a lawyer or doctor The Armenian has enjoyed an emotional rise to the top and he has revealed how playing football helped him get over the heartbreak of his father Hamlet's death
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and his dad (Photo: Twitter/@HenrikhMkh)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has opened up about the loss of his father and admitted he would not be a footballer if he was still alive.
The 27-year-old has had a remarkable rise to the top, having fled war-torn Armenia as a baby in 1989.Things could have worked out very differently for the Armenian skipper had his father Hamlet, also a footballer, not passed away due to a brain tumour when he was very young.
While he admits his father would be "very proud" of his achievements, the United man concedes he would instead be a lawyer or doctor, were he still alive.
"Everything happened very fast. Within a year, he was gone. Because I was so young, I didn’t completely understand the concept of death," he told The Players' Tribune.
"The year after my father died, I started football training. He was the drive for me, he was my idol. I said to myself, I have to run just like him. I have to shoot just like him."
Just seven years ago, Mkhitaryan was plying his trade with Armenian side Pyunik, who he helped win four titles.
Similar success followed with Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund before United came calling.
The decision was an easy one for Mkhitaryan, who concedes he didn't want to have any regrets later in life had he snubbed the Red Devils.
"I will never forget that moment, nor will I forget the time I put on the red Manchester United shirt before my first training session with the club," he added.
Despite his joy at the move, Mkhitaryan has endured a frustrating time under Jose Moutinho.
The Armenian has started just one Premier League game for the Red Devils but turned in his most impressive display against West Ham on Wednesday night.
United fans have called for the Armenian to retain his spot for the weekend trip to Everton and he has vowed to "never give up" as he bids to make his mark in England.
"It would be fair to say that the start of my life in Manchester was not perfect. I will continue working every day so that I can help the team succeed," he added.