Pantheon considers the following individuals to be the top ten most legendary Armenian football players of all time. The HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a measure that collects information about a biography's internet popularity, is used to rank this list of notable Armenian football players. To see the complete list of Armenian soccer players, go to the rankings page.
Best Armenia Football Players of All Time
1. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (1989 - )
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the most renowned Armenian soccer player, with an HPI of 61.21. On Wikipedia, his biography has been translated into 65 other languages.
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenian: [hni mithjn] (listen); born 21 January 1989) is an Armenian professional footballer who leads the Armenia national team and plays for Serie A club Roma. Mkhitaryan is a winger for the Armenian national team. Pyunik won four Armenian Premier League championships before joining Metalurh Donetsk in 2009. He then joined city rivals Shakhtar Donetsk for €6.1 million in 2010. Mkhitaryan was awarded the league's Footballer of the Year after setting the league goalscoring record for Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2012–13 season. He signed for the Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund for a club-record price of €27.5 million, making him the most expensive Armenian footballer of all time. In 2014, he won the DFL-Supercup, and the following season, he had the most assists in the Bundesliga, with 15, and was second in Europe. After that, he moved to Manchester United for £30 million (€34.3 million), becoming the first Armenian player in the Premier League. He won the FA Community Shield and the UEFA Europa League championship by scoring the game-winning goal. Mkhitaryan's following lackluster form prompted him to join Arsenal in 2018, and then to Serie A side Roma on loan. In 2020, he will sign a long-term contract. Mkhitaryan has been a senior member of Armenia's national team since 2007. He is Armenia's all-time leading goalscorer, with 31 goals in 91 games including the country's first hat-trick. He has ten times been named Armenian Footballer of the Year, receiving the honor every year since 2009. (with the exception of 2010 and 2018). In 2012 and 2013, Mkhitaryan was awarded the CIS Footballer of the Year, making him the first Armenian to be chosen the greatest player from a post-Soviet country.
2. Khoren Oganesian (1955 - )
Khoren Oganesian is the second most renowned Armenian soccer player, with an HPI of 56.90. His autobiography has been published in 23 languages.
Khoren Oganesian (Armenian; born 10 January 1955) is a former Armenian and Soviet footballer who played as a midfielder and is currently a manager and coach. In 1976, he received the title of Master of Sport of the USSR, International Class. Oganesian was a member of the Soviet Union's national football team and mainly played for Ararat Yerevan of the Soviet Top League and Armenian Premier League. He is generally regarded as an Ararat legend and an Armenian football great in general. Oganesian played in 295 official USSR championship games for Ararat and scored 93 goals. His total of goals scored is a USSR record in Armenian football. He was named the Golden Player of Armenia by the Football Federation of Armenia in November 2003, to commemorate UEFA's 50th anniversary, as the country's most outstanding player of the previous 50 years. Oganesian was voted the greatest player in Armenia in the twentieth century in a poll conducted by the Armenian Football Federation in 2005. On the occasion of Armenian Republic Day on May 28, 2010, a number of notable individuals from various fields were recognized. The legislation on State Awards, Armenia's highest honor, was presented to Oganesian, who was awarded the Khorenatsi medal, for his contribution to the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan's Fatherland Order.
3. Michel Der Zakarian (1963 - )
Michel Der Zakarian is the third most renowned Armenian soccer player, with an HPI of 56.07. His life story has been translated into twenty-one languages.
Michel Der Zakarian (Armenian: -, born February 18, 1963) is an Armenian former professional footballer who played as a defender and is now the head coach of Ligue 1 club Brest.
4. Sargis Hovsepyan (1972 - )
Sargis Hovsepyan is the fourth most renowned Armenian soccer player, with an HPI of 51.77. Her life story has been translated into twenty-one languages.
Sargis Hovsepyan (Armenian, born November 2, 1972) is a former Armenian football player who most recently played for Pyunik Yerevan in the Armenian Premier League. Hovsepyan also served as the Armenian national team's captain for many years. Since his debut in the national team's first game, a home-friendly match against Moldova on 14 October 1992, he has played in 131 international appearances and scored two goals. Hovsepyan retired on November 14, 2012, at the age of 39, a little over a month before his 40th birthday. He was the last player of Armenia's first national team to retire. He received the Medal of the City Hall after his last match. He was named director of the Armenian national team a month after completing his playing career.
5. Artur Petrosyan (1971 - )
Artur Petrosyan is the 5th most renowned Armenian football player, with an HPI of 50.48. His autobiography has been published in 19 languages.
Artur Petrosyan (Armenian: ; born 17 December 1971) is a former Armenian footballer who played in the midfield position. He was the manager of the Armenian national soccer team.
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