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Aubameyang explains why he became a footballer

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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.”

“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.