Ruslan Malinovskyi

Ruslan Volodymyrovych Malinovskyi (Ukrainian: Руслан Володимирович Маліновський; born 4 May 1993) is a Ukrainian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian Serie A club Atalanta and the Ukraine national team. He is a set piece specialist and possesses a powerful and accurate shot with either foot.[3]

Ruslan Malinovskyi
Malinovskyi with Ukraine in 2015
Personal information
Full name Ruslan Volodymyrovych Malinovskyi[1]
Date of birth (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 18
Youth career
2000–2005 Polissya Zhytomyr
2006–2010 Shakhtar Donetsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2017 Shakhtar Donetsk 0 (0)
2011–2012 Shakhtar-3 Donetsk 39 (10)
2012–2013Sevastopol (loan) 16 (1)
2013Sevastopol-2 (loan) 2 (1)
2014–2015Zorya Luhansk (loan) 44 (7)
2015–2017Genk (loan) 33 (5)
2017–2019 Genk 74 (18)
2019– Atalanta 70 (16)
National team
2011–2012 Ukraine U19 6 (1)
2013–2014 Ukraine U21 19 (2)
2015– Ukraine 41 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:15, 24 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 June 2021

Club career

Early career

Malinovskyi began his career at local side Polissya Zhytomyr under the management of Serhiy Zavalko.[4]

Malinovskyi was a member of the Ukraine national under-19 team. From 1 September 2012, he played on loan for Sevastopol, signing a one-and-a-half-year contract.[5]

Shakhtar Donetsk

From 2011, Malinovskyi was a player of Shakhtar Donetsk, who sent him on loan to different clubs. He played for Shakhtar-3 from 2010 to 2012, playing 39 matches and scoring 10 goals. He made no appearances for Shakhtar's first team.

Loan to Sevastopol

Malinovskyi played for Sevastopol in the 2012–13 season making 16 appearances and scoring one goal. Also, in 2013, he played for the farm club of the team, Sevastopol-2, scoring one goal in four matches. In 2014, due to the Russian occupation of the Crimean peninsula, Sevastopol was disbanded, and a new club was created on its base.

Loan to Zorya Luhansk

In 2014, Malinovskyi went on loan to Zorya Luhansk, where he became a main player in the team. He was recognised as the best young player in Ukraine.[citation needed] Malinovskyi scored goals not only in the Ukrainian Premier League, but also twice in the UEFA Europa League against Belgian side Charleroi.

Loan to Genk

On 1 January 2016, it was officially announced that Malinovskyi would be loaned to Belgian side Genk until the end of the season. He debuted for the club in the Belgian Cup semi-final against Standard Liège and spent 72 minutes on the field. Altogether, during the loan at the Belgian club, Malinovskyi played 41 games in all tournaments, in which he scored 13 goals and made eight assists.


On 29 May 2017, it was announced that Genk had redeemed Malinovskyi's contract from Shakhtar Donetsk, with the player signing a four-year deal.


On 16 July 2019, Malinovskyi signed for Atalanta for €13.7 million.[6] On 22 October 2019, he scored his first goal for Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League game against Manchester City.[7] Malinovskyi was named Player of the Month by Atalanta supporters.[8] He scored his first Serie A goal on 7 December 2019 in a match against Hellas Verona.[9][10] On 24 June 2020, Malinovskyi scored the equalizing goal in a 3–2 comeback win against Lazio.[11] On 18 April 2021, he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win over Juventus;[12] this was Atalanta's first win against Juventus in Serie A since February 2001.[13] On 19 May 2021, he scored in the final of the Coppa Italia against the same opponents but Atalanta fell to a 1–2 defeat.[14]

Personal life

On 17 November 2020, Malinovskyi tested positive for COVID-19 amid its pandemic in Italy.[15]

Career statistics


As of match played 23 May 2021[16]
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
Shakhtar-3 Donetsk 2010–11 Ukrainian Second League 8181
2011–12 Ukrainian Second League 254254
2012–13 Ukrainian Second League 6565
Total 39103910
Sevastopol-2 2012–13 Ukrainian Second League 2121
Sevastopol 2012–13 Ukrainian First League 16120181
2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League 001010
Total 16130191
Zorya Luhansk 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League 8383
2014–15 Ukrainian Premier League 2315042323
2015–16 Ukrainian Premier League 1333044207
Total 44780866013
Genk 2015–16 Belgian Pro League 13020150
2016–17 Belgian Pro League 2052151277
2017–18 Belgian Pro League 37552427
2018–19 Belgian Pro League 3713101335116
Total 1072310318413530
Atalanta 2019–20 Serie A 3481091449
2020–21 Serie A 36832404310
Total 701642131008719
Career total 2765825539110034074


As of match played 29 June 2021.[1][17]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Ukraine 201530
International goals
As of match played 10 October 2020. Ukraine score listed first, score column indicates score after each Malinovskyi goal.[1][17]
List of international goals scored by Ruslan Malinovskyi
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
110 October 2018Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy15 Italy1–11–1Friendly
216 October 2018Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, Ukraine16 Czech Republic1–01–02018–19 UEFA Nations League B
37 September 2019LFF Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania23 Lithuania3–03–0UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
411 October 2019Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, Ukraine251–02–0
610 October 2020Olympic Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine31 Germany1–21–22020–21 UEFA Nations League A





Ukraine U21



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  4. Перший тренер Маліновського: "Після першого тренування попросив у Руслана свідоцтво про народження" (in Ukrainian). 17 May 2017.
  5. Официально. Руслан Малиновский – игрок ФК «Севастополь». FC Sevastopol official website (in Ukrainian). 16 January 2013. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
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  7. Stadium, Richard Jolly at the Etihad (22 October 2019). "Sterling hat-trick helps 10-man Manchester City thrash Atalanta 5–1". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  8. B.C, Atalanta (1 November 2019). "Man of the Month Ottobre by #ItalianOptic La Finale #GoAtalantaGo". @Atalanta_BC. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
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  10. "Le pagelle contro l'Hellas Verona: top Djimsiti, Papu e Malinovskyi « Bergamo e Sport". (in Italian). Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  11. "Serie A: Atalanta fight back from two goals down to beat Lazio; Inter Milan's title hopes diminish after draw against Sassuolo". Firstpost. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
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