Many a football fan and pundits alike have been forced to fall in love with Gabon star, Pierre Emmerich Aubameyeng, but how well do we know the Borrusia Dortmund goal poacher? From the isolated seat on the bench in the unfriendly city of Milan to the noisy Signalle Iduna Park in Germany, Pierre Emmerich Aubameyeng could not have done any better in his young career thus far.
Born in the city of Laval, France, on June 18, 1989, the speedy young Gabonese grew up with one thing in his mind – to become a footballer. An unsuccessful trial with various lower league side in France saw Aubameyeng leaving France for a new life in Italy. The French born Gabonese landed at the revered San Siro for the start of the 2008/09 European season. It was a marriage that saw Auba announcing himself to the global football family.
The competitive nature of the Rosseneri left Milan with no option but to ship out their young goal machine to a lower league side. Aubameyeng swapped Milan for Dijon on a year long loan. The ambidextrous forward stormed French football in the ligue II to the extend that the Italian National team handed a call up in March 2009. The Gabonese however passed on the overtures. He will later blossom for the Panthers as an African gem.
The beast, as he is known, then joined Lille for the start of the 2009/10 season where his goal scoring egos came to the fore. The much sort after star will however use the fortunes of AS Monaco to convince the doubting Thormas by the close of the 2011 calendar year. It was enough to convince St Etienne to give him the much needed platform. At last Aubameyeng arrived on the global football feast.
If 29 goals in 54 appearances is not enough to win a Ballon D’OR podium, but at least a lucrative deal outside the shores of France. Finally Aubameyeng traded France for Germany for the start of the 2013/14 season. The rest is history worthy of remembering. Goals, goals, and goals!
The speedy attacker restored the fear factor at the Yellow wall and located Borrusia Dortmund on the European football map. A fearsome ratio of a goal per match saw BVB falling in love with their African pop star. He will later be crowned the finest in the continent. He has since found the back in over 70 times for the 1996 European champions.
Having turned down the chance to represent Italy at the Juvenile level, Aubameyeng debuted for the France national team in February 2009 against Tunisia. The natural route followed by most France born Africans took its natural course and Aubameyeng became a French Youth International. Consistent pressure from the Le Blues management failed to entice the Gabonese, who returned home to help the Panthers.
In March 2009, Aubameyeng made his much awaited bow for the Panthers of Gabon in a 3-2 win over Morocco. The expected thing happened – he scored the first goal for his side. On home soil for the 2012 Nations cup, the BVB star registered three goals for Gabon but his missed spot kick at the quarters proved hazardous. The host crushed but hope has finally arrived in Gabon.
In July 2012, the now global Super star registered his country’s first ever goal at the men’s Olympics tournament against Switzerland but that proved to be insufficient and the bid good bye at the group stages of the four year cyclical multifaceted gathering.
A deserved coronation as the finest African player at the end of the 2015 calendar year sums up the route followed by Aubameyeng but his goal scoring feat has even soared to collosal status of Messi and Ronaldo. From the Coupe De La Ligue to his three DFP Pokal laurels, Aubameyeng is not short of trophies at all.
If Africa missed goal scorers like Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto, Patrick Mboma or Benni McCarthy, then the arrival of Aubameyeng might just bring an end to this nostalgic feeling.
Written By: Saani Abacha