Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang chose to represent Gabon at international level over the likes of both France and Spain due to wishing to follow in his father’s footsteps
The recently signed Arsenal forward was born in France to a Spanish mother back in 1989 and so therefore is eligible to represent both countries at international level.
But despite the opportunity to play for one of the biggest teams at international level, Aubameyang chose to represent the country where his father came from and captained himself during his own playing career.
“I was very young when I decided [which country to play for],” Aubameyang told Arsenal’s official website.
“Players often take their time to consider their options and make the right choice, but 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.”
Aubameyang Sr, who is currently a scout for AC Milan, played as a defender and also made 80 appearances for Gabon.