On one corner of Manchester now we have the Armenian soccer superstar Henrikh Mkhitaryan, on the other corner we have Ilkay Gundogan, the German international with Turkish heritage. Gundogan and Mkhitaryan were team-mates playing together at Borussia Dortmund until last season. With the start of the soccer transfer season in June, Armenian international Mkhitaryan signed for Manchester United and Ilkay Gundogan signed for Mat Utd’s bitter rivals Manchester City.
Despite the rivalry between Man City and Man Utd, the friendship between the Armenian player and Turkish player is still going to be strong. “It doesn’t matter if Gundogan will be my rival, I will be happy to see him every day or any time he wants ” said Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the Daily Mail.
It must be recognized that Gündogan was also full of praise for his friend and former teammate Mkhitaryan. “..he was the most important player for us last year..If he can go on like this, he will have a big, big impact for Manchester United, and a big plus. I wish him the best, and to stay healthy..” said Gündogan to the Daily Mail.
Only the great football players know how to go beyond everything and bring a broader perspective on life. Mkhitaryan and Gündogan remind us we are much more than our colours and races.