Former Uzbekistan international Maksim Shatskikh revealed his joy this week about becoming Ukraine’s most prolific scorer.
The 36-year-old striker, who was the first Asian player to score in the UEFA Champions League in 1999, recorded his record-setting 124th Ukrainian Premier League goal early in October for Hoverla Uzhhorod.
“Sooner or later it was going to happen,” Shatskikh told Soccer.ru. “I may be looking at the sunset of my career, and I might have only had a few matches left, but history is erased and re-written all the time. We make history, you [the media] write about it.”
The Tashkent native spent a decade at Dynamo Kyiv beginning in 1999, helping to lead the team to six Ukrainian Champions and five Ukrainian Cups. Remarkably, Uzbekistan did not lose a single international match in which the player known as “M16″ scored one of his 34 goals.
“I’m happy to Ukrainian football history,” Shatskikh beamed. “This honor gives me as much pleasure as any other. I’ve achieved a lot of things in world football.
“I have to score and pass the ball to my teammates in every game. It may not happen as often as I want, but I always have to play my best.”