Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might never get to feature in a FIFA World Cup for a very peculiar reason. The former Dortmund man revealed a very touching reason why he might not get to play at the biggest stage in World football.
The French born star divulged that his father was the primary reason. The 28-year-old plays for West-African country Gabon at international level despite be born in Laval, France back in 1989 to a Spanish mother. Enabling him to be eligible to represent three footballing nations.
He revealed he opted to play for Gabon because his father was born there back in 1965. Insisting he wanted to emulate his father’s footsteps. His dad Pierre Francois was a professional footballer who represented several French clubs that includes Nice, Toulouse and Le Havre.
His father who is currently a scout for AC Milan, played 80 times for Gabon as a defender.
Auba said on the Gunners’ official site, “I was very young when I decided [which country to play for].”
“Players often take their time to consider their options and make the right choice, but for me the choice was clear.
“I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps. He was captain of the national side in the past.
“I could well have chosen to play for Spain or France. I played for the French under-21 team, but I realised very quickly that in my heart I wanted to emulate my father.”
Gabon has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup since their formation in 1960. However, Aubameyang is currently their top scorer with 23 goals.