Shatskikh playing for Hoverla Uzhhorod in 2014
|Full name||Maksim Aleksandrovich Shatskikh|
|Date of birth||30 August 1978|
|Place of birth||Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|2015–||Rukh Vynnyky (amauters)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 October 2014.
He is widely regarded as one of the best Uzbekistani players of all time [according to whom?] and is currently the top goalscorer of the national team with 34 goals in 61 games. Shatskikh is all-time top scorer of the Ukrainian Premier League with 124 goals in 341 games. He spent a decade playing for Dynamo Kyiv from 1999 to 2009.
On 28 July 1999, Shatskikh became the first Asian player to score in the UEFA Champions League and is only the second Uzbek player, after Mirjalol Kasymov, to score in UEFA football competitions. At international level, he played in three AFC Asian Cups for Uzbekistan, helping them to fourth place in 2011.
Previously, he was signed by Ukrainian Premier League's Dynamo Kyiv as a replacement for Andriy Shevchenko, who was acquired by in A.C. Milan in 1999. In his first season at Dynamo, he scored two goals in a 3–2 win over Karpaty Lviv to clinch Dynamo's 8th consecutive league title. He was labeled as the "next Shevchenko" in the media. His brother Oleg Shatskikh was also a footballer.
In his debut season for Dynamo Kyiv he won the Ukrainian Premier League and became Ukrainian Premier League Topscorer, scoring 20 goals. In the 2002–2003 season, when he scored 22 goals to equal Serhiy Rebrov's record haul of 1997–98 while also playing for Kyiv, Shatskikh scored 5 goals in his debut UEFA Champions League season 1999-2000. On July 28, 1999, he scored his first goal in the Champions League in a match against Žalgiris Vilnius. With Kyiv Shatskikh managed to play 9 seasons in the UEFA Champions League, scoring 11 goals.
After spending the 2009 season with Lokomotiv Astana in the Kazakhstan Premier League he returned to Kyiv, where he was signed by Arsenal Kyiv during the winter break. During his stay with Arsenal Kyiv, Shatskikh scored his 100th league goal. On 7 April 2010, the president of FC Arsenal Kyiv presented Shatskikh the Golden Ball award for scoring his 100th goal in the Ukrainian Premier League against Metalurh Zaporizhia, according to turnir.com.ua, which referenced the official website of the Kyivan club (fcarsenal.com.ua). Arsenal president Vadym Rabinovych said that he had already ordered another Golden Ball for Shatskikh containing more gold for his future 200th goal in the Ukrainian Premier League.
On 30 December 2013 Shatskikh signed 2,5 years contract with Hoverla Uzhhorod. On 27 July 2014 in Ukrainian Premier League match Hoverla Uzhhorod- Karpaty Lviv finished by draw 2–2, Shatskikh scored the first goal for Hoverla side in the match and his 122nd in Ukrainian Premier League. The next week, on 2 August 2014 in away match against Metalurh Zaporizhya he scored his 123rd goal in the Ukrainian Premier League equalling Serhiy Rebrov.
On 23 August 2014 in Ukrainian Cup away match against Cherkaskyi Dnipro Hoverla won by 2-1 and Shatskikh scored on 67' minute the second goal of his team. After this match his the total goals in Ukrainian Cup reached 24 goals (as of 23 August 2014) and he became 2nd best goalscorer of the tournament after Andriy Vorobey with 25 goals.
He is highest goalscorer in the history of the Ukrainian Premier League with 124 goals, (as of 4 October 2014), surpassing Serhiy Rebrov. Shatskikh scored his 124th goal on 4 October 2014 in match against Zorya Luhansk lost by Hoverla with 1:2.  He is also member of Oleh Blokhin club with 171 goals (as of 4 October 2014).
Shatskih was among the three best Asian players in 2005. On 13 October 2007, he scored 5 goals against Taiwan. On 2 June 2008, he scored a goal for Uzbekistan during a 7–3 win over Singapore in a World Cup 2010 qualification game and became joint top scorer for the national team with Mirjalol Kasymov. On 15 October 2008, he scored against Japan as well, thus becoming the all-time top scorer for his side. Another famous goal came against Iran in the 2014 WCQs effectively sealing Irans fate and ensuring the Uzbekis reach the playoffs.
On 29 May 2014 Shatskikh played his farewell match for national team in friendly against Oman. He capped 61 matches for national team, scoring 34 goals. He is currently best national team goalscorer of all-time.
- As of 2 September 2013
|Total for Dynamo||215||97||37||22||73||23||3||0||328||142|
|Total for Arsenal K||83||21||8||1||2||0||-||-||93||22|
- 2004, 2006, 2007
- Fourth place - 2011
- 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
- 1999-00, 2002-03
- Serhiy Rebrov club: 124 goals
- Oleh Blokhin club: 171 goals
- Шацких догнал Реброва в списке бомбардиров чемпионатов Украины [Shatskikh has caught Rebrov in the list of goalscorers in the Ukrainian Championship] (in Russian). ua-football.com. 2 August 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- А если бы не «Динамо»? (in Russian). profootball.com.ua.
- "Shatskikh lifts Dynamo". UEFA. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
- Tommy Staniforth (2009-06-05). "Shatskikh clinches title for irrepressible Kiev". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- Владимир Пояснюк (Volodymr Poyasniuk) (2010-04-05). "Carpe diem. Максим Шацких – в "Клубе 100"! (Max Shatskikh – Member of Club 100)" (in Russian). ua.football. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
- Shatskikh received the Golden Ball award (Russian)
- "Maksim Shatskikh joins Arsenal Kiev". UzDaily. 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
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- Максим Шацких в шаге от Сергея Реброва (in Russian). sport.ua. 2014-07-28.
- "Cherkaskyi Dnipro vs. Hoverla 1 - 2, 23 August 2014". soccerway. 2014-08-23.
- Шацких обошел Шевченко, на очереди Воробей? (in Russian). cup.sport.ua. 2014-08-21.
- Шацких стал единоличным рекордсменом (in Russian). Спорт-Экспресс в Украине. 2014-10-10.
- Шацких: «Обойти оппонента - стимул для каждого форварда» (in Russian). football.sport.ua. 2014-10-24.
- "Uzbekistan 9–0 Chinese Taipei: Five for Shatskykh". ESPN. 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- "Uzbekistan won Singapore 7–3 in qualification round of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa". UzA. 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- Три футболиста из сборной Узбекистан навсегда вышли из состава (in Russian). Utro.uz. 2014-05-30.
- Maksim Shatskikh statistics for national team
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