Aubameyang explains why he became a footballer

The Arsenal footballer says he admires his father the most when he was growing up, so he wanted to play the game he loved the most.

Arsenal’s star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he became a footballer thanks to his father.

“He was my first favorite player,” he told the team’s official website.

“The first time I watched him at a stadium, he was playing for Le Havre and I think I was only three years old. Straight away I knew I wanted to be like him. It’s as simple as that.”

He explained: “From then on, I was always kicking a ball. At half-time I would play with my friends, kicking a plastic ball or something like that.”

“There was basketball as well, but I didn’t enjoy anything as much as I enjoyed football.”

“My father captained Gabon and although I spent my childhood in France, it’s like I was born in Gabon,” he said.

“He taught me so many things about this country that it became my culture.”

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“I could well have chosen to play for Spain or France – I even played in the France Under-21 team – but I knew in my heart that I wanted to emulate my father,” he explained why he chose Gabon.

“He would always come to every match I played, all the way back to when I was playing for my first club near to Laval in France.”

“I had actually wanted to start when I was four, but at that age in France, you play a different version, so I had to wait until I was five,” Aubameyang concluded.

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