Known best as a soccer center back defender with the Shakhtar Donetsk Ukrainian Football Club, Chygrynskiy also played one season each with the Barcelona and Metalurh Zaporizhya Football Clubs.
He played his youth soccer career with the UFK Lviv Football Club and, at age seventeen, debuted in the Ukrainian Premiere League.
He helped lead his team to several Ukrainian Cup, Ukrainian Premiere League, and Ukrainian Super Cup wins.
He grew up in the Soviet city of Iziaslav, Ukraine.
He and Andriy Shevchenko are both well-known Ukrainian soccer players.