Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quits International football

Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has announced his retirement from international football with Gabon at the age of 32, weeks before qualifying starts for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

The striker has played 72 times for Gabon and is their all-time leading scorer with 30 goals.

Aubameyang represented his nation for over 10 years and wore the captain’s armband.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 13: Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang and Ferran Torres of FC Barcelona shake hands during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou on March 13, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

An official statement from Aubameyang read:”After 13 years of pride in representing my country, I am announcing that I am ending my international career,” the Barcelona striker said in a letter released by the Gabon federation.

“I would like to thank the Gabonese people and all those who have supported me in good and bad times.

“I will keep a lot of good memories like the day I made my debut … or the day I came back from Nigeria with the African Football of the Year award.”

The striker also thanked his father for the support, “Finally, I thank my father who gave me the desire to do like him, hoping to have him proud by wearing our colours.”

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