Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that he could have represented either Spain or France at international level, but he chose Gabon due to his desire to emulate his father
The Arsenal record signing was born in a town called Laval in Western France to a Spanish mother and he is the son of former Gabonese captain Pierre Aubameyang.
After debuting for the France under-21 team in February 2009 against Tunisia, Aubameyang ultimately chose to represent Gabon.
“I was very young when I decided,” he told arsenal.com
“Players often take their time to consider their options and make the right choice.
“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.
“I do think that I’m a footballer now because [my father] played the game. I remember I loved it when I first went to see him play at the stadium. The fact he was capped so many times for Gabon, of course, it made me want to represent the country’s colours.
“There are some similarities in the way we play. My dad was an attacker at the start of his career – he was very fast. Then, when he went to Laval, he changed position, moving further back.
“My father was very strong physically – I’d say I’m less so. I don’t think I’ve been capped as many times for Gabon. So, for now, he’s still the best, in my eyes at least.”
Since debuting in 2009 for Gabon, Aubameyang has scored 23 goals in his 53 appearances at international level and was made captain in 2015.