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Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 32, retires from international football with Gabon

Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 32, retires from international football as Gabon’s all-time leading goalscorer with 30 goals in 72 appearances

  • The 32-year-old has announced his retirement from international football
  • The Gabonese Football Federation received a letter from Aubameyang on Tuesday.
  • Helped Gabon reach the quarter-finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations

Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has announced his retirement from international football.

The 32-year-old played 72 times for Gabon and is their all-time top scorer with 30 goals.

The Gabonese Football Federation said it received a letter from Aubameyang on Tuesday informing it of his decision.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has announced his retirement from international football

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has announced his retirement from international football

“After 13 years of pride representing my country, I announce that I am ending my international career,” the 32-year-old wrote in an open letter to Gabonese fans.

‘I would like to thank the Gabonese people and everyone who has supported me through thick and thin.

“I will keep many good memories like the day I made my debut in romnisports, or the day I came back from Nigeria with the African Ballon d’Or.

I would also like to thank all my coaches, staff and players that I have come across during this career.

The 32-year-old striker has scored 11 goals in just 16 games for Barcelona in LaLiga

The 32-year-old striker has scored 11 goals in just 16 games for Barcelona in LaLiga

‘Finally, I thank my father who gave me the desire to do as he did, hoping to have made him proud by wearing our colours.’

With Aubameyang at the heart of the team, Gabon reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations to match their best performance in international competition.

However, Aubameyang’s last tournament with Gabon was a bitter disappointment, when he contracted Covid at the start of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and had to withdraw from the tournament without playing a match after being diagnosed with heart injuries.

He announced his decision to withdraw from international matches two weeks before Gabon begin their qualifying campaign for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire.

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