FC Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has announced his retirement from international football.
Auba was forced to miss Gabon’s last African Cup of Nations through medical issues with the player now confirming that he wont be part of the team in future assignments.
“The captain of the Panthers will no longer be with the national team for the next qualifiers, the final phase of which is scheduled in Cote d’Ivoire. The FC Barcelona striker has decided to end his international career and sent a letter to the Gabonese Football Federation (FEGAFOOT) on May 17, 2022,” Gabon’s Football Federation said in a statement.
On his part, the player noted: “After 13 years of pride in representing my country, I announce that I am ending my international career. 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 Ballon d’or. Sharing it with all the people was an unforgettable moment.”
Having represented France at youth level, the former Arsenal striker switched allegiances for senior football and became the Panthers’ record scorer, finding the net 30 times in 72 appearances since his first cap in 2009.