He plays for Shakhtar Donetsk and the Ukraine national football team His last name can also be transliterated as Hladkiy, Gladkiy and Gladkyy. Kharkiv
Oleksandr Hladkyy started his career in Metalist Kharkiv football academy, and soon after, the young player was invited to another professional club from the city, Football Club Kharkiv.
Under direction of coach Volodymyr Bessonov, Hladkyy became a regular player for the club and soon established himself as one of the best strikers in the league.
Oleksandr"s first fame came in season of 2006-2007, when after scoring 13 goals, Hladkyy became the Ukrainian league"s top scorer. Shakhtar Donetsk
After this success, Oleksandr Hladkyy was noticed by one of Ukrainian leaders Football Club Shakhtar Donetsk and on 8 June 2007, he signed a 5-year deal worth €2.5 million with the club
On his debut for the club (friendly match), he scored the winning goal. Not long after, he scored two goals in a friendly.
On 7 May 2008 Hladkyy got his first piece of silverware in his career when his Shakhtar beat Dynamo Kyiv 2–0, in the Ukrainian Cup Final where he scored and was also sent official
With the addition of Yevhen Seleznyov and Marcelo Moreno, Hladkyy has had difficulty to regain his spot in the starting line-up or even the bench leaving his future in doubt especially with the coach Mircea Lucescu using a 4-5-1 (meaning only one forward) over last years 4-4-2. After not gaining a regular place in Shakhtar Donetsk he transferred to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on 17 August 2010. In that period of his career Dnipro fans gave him the nickname "Buratino" due to a specific style of playing.
Shakhtar Donetsk Return
In May 2014, Hladkyy resigned for Football Club Shakhtar Donetsk, signing a two-year contract.
On 22 August 2007, he made his debut for the senior Ukraine national football team in a friendly against Uzbekistan and scored the opening goal. Since then, he has been called up to the main squad for every game under both Oleg Blokhin, and now, Oleksiy Mykhailychenko.