Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has announced that his international career with his country has come to an end.
The Gabon International has retired from international football, his country’s federation has confirmed.
The Gabon all-time leading goalscorer on Tuesday confirming his decision — he announced in an official letter sent to the Gabonese Football Federation (Fégafoot).
“After 13 years of pride in representing my country, I announce that I am ending my international career,” the 32-year-old wrote in an open letter to Gabon fans.
“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 at romnisports, or the day I came back from Nigeria with the African Ballon d’Or. (referring to the CAF African Footballer of the Year award, which he won in 2015).
“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.
The star striker was competent to play for countries such as France, Italy and Spain — however, Aubameyang wanted to represent Gabon in respect to his father, Pierre-François Aubameyang, who was once the captain of the Gabonese national team — with 29 appearances (1985 – 98).
The 32-year-old striker in early February 2022, arrived Barcelona from Arsenal after the termination of his contract by the English club — though by mutual agreement.
Aubameyang’s retirement happens weeks before Gabon football team are set to commence their AFCON qualifiers for 2023 tournament.
The Barcelona forward made 72 appearances for his nation, scored at total of 30 goals and also served as the Gabonese national team’s captain. He is the all-time top scorer for the country.