Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was eligible to represent Italy, Spain, France and Gabon. The striker received call ups from Italy U19s after a good season with Dijon, but chose the France under-21 instead.
However, Aubameyang decided to represent Gabon because his father once captained the team. He would go on to earn 72 caps for the national team, scoring 30 goals. Captaining the side and becoming their top goal scorer.
We now hear that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has announced his retirement. According to goal.com the former Arsenal man wrote in an open letter to Gabon fans. “After 13 years of pride in representing my country, I announce that I am ending my international career,” the letter read.
“I would like to thank the Gabonese people and all those who have supported me in the good like the 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 Ballon d’Or.”
“Sharing it with all the people was an unforgettable moment. I thank our President, his Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba who has always supported the Panthers and has always worked for football to evolve in our country.”
“I would also like to thank all my coaches, staff. And the players that I have come across during this career. Finally, I thank my father who gave me the desire to do like him. Hoping to have made him proud by wearing our colours,” he added.