Let’s take a look at one of the greatest strikers currently playing today in this Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang biography.
Arsenal’s current skipper and main man, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, is definitely one of the best strikers of his generation and one of the finest African players ever. Auba’s explosive pace, off the ball movement and great footwork when in possession has made him a lethal multi-dimensional striker that can score in various ways ranging from his usual tap-ins to his Thierry Henry-esque right foot curls from the edge of the box or even his occasional headed goals.
Starting his career from AC Milan’s youth academy, Aubameyang actually never made an appearance for the Rossoneri, instead he found his fortune playing in Ligue 1. He then moved from St. Ettiene to Borussia Dortmund in Germany and after several successful seasons and winning a cup and a Golden Boot he eventually moved to Arsenal where he is playing today. Despite being born in France, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has chosen to represent his father’s home country of Gabon and has since been named African Player of the Year once and is currently Gabon’s all-time leading goal scorer. Now that the brief introduction is over, let’s take an extensive look at Auba’s life and career in this
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang biography
In this brief Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bio, we take a closer look at how he became one of the greatest African players ever, starting from his days playing football in AC Milan academy to his current gig as Arsenal’s captain:
So let’s start Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bio with a general information about his physical attributes and his position on the pitch:
Full Name: Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang
Nickname: Auba, Black Panther
Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Weight: 80 kg
Professional Debut: Aug 1, 2008
Jersey Number: 14
Date of Birth: 18 June 1989
Birth Place: Laval, France
Born to a Gabonese father, Pierre and a Spanish mother Margarita Crespo,
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang date of birth
is 18 June 1989. His father was a professional football player who played for Le Havre and Stade Lavallois for the majority of his career and was once Gabon’s captain. It was in his time with Lavallois when Pierre-Emerick was born in the city of Laval.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang childhood
was spent moving with his parents and two brothers, Willy and Catilina who are both professional footballers, as his father was a scout.
Pierre-Emerick would go on to play for academies of Nice, Bastia, Rouen and Laval before getting into AC Milan academy, where his father was working at the time and it was in AC Milan that his professional career really started to take off.
We will take a look at Aubameyang’s career as a footballer in the different teams that he played throughout his career in this section of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang biography and starting with his time at AC Milan:
First let’s take a look at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s club career as well as his time with the Gabon national team:
AC Milan and Aubameyang’s various loans to French teams
As we mentioned before, Aubameyang got his start inAC Milan
’s academy since his father was a scout for the Italian Giant and even though he impressed in his time with the AC Milan’s youth squad, particularly in the Champions Youth Cup where he scored 7 goals in 6 matches, he never really got a chance with AC Milan’s first team instead he was sent on loan to a series of club in his native France.
His first loan spell which proved quite successful was with Dijon in France’s Ligue 2 in the 2009-10 season, where he made his professional debut. He went on to score 10 goals and register 2 assists in his only season with the club and that led to him being named in World Soccer's Talent Scout as a promising youngster.
The following season he was loaned out to Lile in Ligue 1 in order to gain top-flight experience but he didn’t find success this time around, only scoring twice in 14 appearances. For the 2011-12 season he was loaned out to Monaco and similar to his time atLile
, he didn’t find success atMonaco
either and was loaned out for the second half of the season to Saint-Etienne.
At Saint-Etienne Aubameyang finally found his success and after his initial loan to the club, made his deal permanent. He finished his first season at the club with 18 goals overall, operating mainly from the left wing.
His second season with Saint-Etienne proved to be his breakout season as Aubameyang took Ligue 1 by the storm, scoring 19 goals in the league and finishing only behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the top goal scorer race. He helped Saint-Etienne win the French League Cup and was subsequently selected in the Team of the Year and Ligue 1’s Best African Player.
This all generated a lot of interest from Europe’s top teams in him and in the end the next chapter in
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang life story
came at Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund. He joined the 2012-13 Champions League finalists in a £11.2 million deal.
Although he did show his goal scoring prowess in his first season at the club by scoring 16 in all competitions, it wasn’t until Robert Lewandowski’s departure from Dortmund that Auba came into his own. From then on it was Auba’s show as he constantly scored forDortmund
with ease while also competing for the top scorer award with Lewandowski.
The 2015-16 would be the only season that Aubameyang got the better of the Polish superstar as he scored 39 in all competitions (25 in Bundesliga) and won the top scorer award as well as Bundesliga Player of the Season award. He followed that with an even more impressive season, scoring 31 in Bundesliga and 40 overall and was selected in Bundesliga Team of the Season.
Aubameyang’s 5th season at Dortmund started out with a bit of drama, since he wanted to move to a new club in the summer but Dortmund blocked his request. Despite all this he remained a professional, scoring 21 goals in the first part of the season. when the January transfer window came around his wish was granted and he was allowed to leave Dortmund for Arsenal. Despite only playing half the season he still finished as Dortmund’s top goal scorer!
In the final day of January transfer window in 2018,Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
joined the Premier League side Arsenal, in a £56 million deal that wasArsenal
’s record transfer deal at the time. He would prove to be Arsene Wenger’s last signing as the legendary manager stepped down as Arsenal’s manager a few months later. Aubameyang however was just getting started and made an impact immediately as he scored 10 goals in 13 matches in his first 6 months at the club.
His second season with the Gunners would prove to be his best as he scored 22 goals in all competition and won the Premier League Golden Boot under their new manager Unai Emery. Aubameyang also helped Arsenal immensely as they reached the Europa League final, scoring 8 times in the competition. However, Arsenal lost the final to Chelsea.
The 2019-20 season would prove a turbulent season for the Gunners after their poor form resulted in Unai Emery being sacked and Mikel Arteta, Gunners former captain, be named as their new manager. This however didn’t have that much of an impact on Aubameyang’s performances as he once again scored 22 goals and came 1 goal short of winning the Golden Boot again. However, the highlight of the season would be the FA Cup, where Auba scored twice in both the semi-final and the final and won the /gunners their 14th FA Cup trophy as their captain.
The 2020-21 season hasn’t been that much better for Arsenal even though they started it with a Community Shield victory. Aubameyang’s form have been lacking but lately he has been back to his goal scoring ways as Arsenal hopes to win the Europa League and make their way back to the Champions League. He’s currently scored 13 goals in 27 matches this season and his consistency in scoring will prove vital for Gunners success this season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang nationality
is Gabonese and he was given his Gabon debut in March 28, 2009, aged only 19. He has since gone on to feature in 3 different African Nations Cup and 2012 Summer Olympics for Gabon.
Although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could’ve played for Italy, France and Spain because of being born in France, raised in Italy and having a Spanish mother, he felt that he should follow his father’s path, who was once the captain of Gabon national team. He did however play some games for France’s U-21 team before choosing to represent Gabon.
Scoring his first goal for Gabon against Morocco in 28 March 2009, Aubameyang has gone on to become Gabon’s all-time leading goal scorer by scoring 26 goals in 65 matches for his country. His best tournament was undoubtedly the 2012 African Nations Cup where he led his country as hosts to the quarter-finals by scoring 3 goals in the tournament and becoming one of the top goal scorers.
Starting his career on the wings it wasn’t until his Dortmund days that Aubameyang started playing as a proper forward but he still favors to go outside the box and collect the ball rather than being a static striker.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ability with the ball and his blistering pace is reminiscent of one of his idols Thierry Henry. He even operates on the left wing like Henry. But if there is one thing that Aubameyang does better it’s the fact that he almost always is in the right place when a goal scoring chance is presented. He does this perhaps better than any forward playing today, except maybeCristiano Ronaldo
Other than his unbelievable finishing ability, explosive pace and great technique, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also likes to bring in his teammates and is quite the creative player when he operates on the wings. He often registers assists from that position and has proven to be an unselfish player.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is largely considered to be one of the best strikers of his generation. He has been a proven goal scorer in 3 out of 5 top European leagues and the ease with which he scores in has always been praised by fans and pundits alike. This all could be proven by his debut for Dortmund and Arsenal, where he scored a hat-trick for Dortmund and nearly did the same for Arsenal too, looking like he was already a longtime-serving member of the squad.
Aside from winning the top scorer award in both the Bundesliga and the Premier League, arguably the two toughest European leagues, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been featured for the Team of the Season in each 3 leagues he has played in. he was also named Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2015-16 season.
In 2015, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was named African Player of the Year, making him the first Gabonese player to win the award. These accolades alongside his work-rate and his consistency in scoring goals has drawn many praises from his teammates, coaches and journalists.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of those players that just loves to celebrate goals in a memorable way and since he scores quite often he has a lot of those celebrations, with his most common being the back flip that he usually does after scoring an important goal.
He also likes to put on a superhero mask or two after scoring goals. His celebration with the Batman mask when he was at Dortmund has since become infamous. He also celebrated a couple of goals in his time at Arsenal either with the Black Panther mask or just the character’s gesture.
He also made a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played the role of Black Panther, after scoring against Liverpool in Community Shield. The actor had just passed away.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is almost infamous for his love of sport cars and over-the-top outfits which quite fits his bigger than life personality.
The Gabonese superstar has a 3 different Lamborghinis, Urus, Huracan and a gold-plated Aventador. He also has several Ferrari cars, including his customized Laferrari which is his most expensive car valued at 3 million dollars.
Other than his obsession with cars and everything flashy and expensive, Auba leads a quiet life in his custom-built mansion in North London, which he moved in recently.
Our Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang biography wouldn’t be a complete without mentioning his personal life. So read on as we take a look at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang life story, relationships and philanthropy in this
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bio
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been married to his long-time partner Alysha Behague, although the exact date of marriage is unknown since both him and his wife like to keep this private.
The couple have two sons named Curtys, who is 9 years-old, and Pierre, who is named after his father by tradition and is 4 years-old. Aubameyang and his wife Alysha, who was born in France but was raised in Senegal, have been together for the most of Aubameyang’s footballing journey.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang religion
is believed to be Christianity since the it is the dominant religion in both his father’s country Gabon and his mother’s home country Spain.
Over the years Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has supported many causes with the most recent being the National Health Service (or NHS) which has worked in tandem with the Premier League in an effort to raise money for the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.
Aubameyang was part of 20 Premier League captains that came together to help the cause back in the April of 2020.
Apart from this, he has donated his shirt that has a Black Lives Matter logo on it to the Museum of London in support of the fight against racism in football.
As far as legal issues go, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had little to no problems. He’s extremely family oriented and lives a quiet life for the most part.
It’s time to review some statistics in this section of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang biography, both for the clubs Aubameyang played at and the Gabon national team:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang biography isn’t complete without his general statistics in the clubs that he played, starting withDijon
where he got his professional debut in Aug 1, 2008 and went on to score 10 goals in 39 games for the French side. Loan spells at Lille and Monaco followed where he wasn’t that successful, scoring only twice for each club in 1.5 seasons he spent at both clubs.
Then after 6 months at Monaco he moved to Saint-Etienne, where he would breakout as a capable attacker. His 2.5 seasons there resulted in 41 goals scored in 97 matches which resulted in many big clubs coming after him. Aubemeyang chose Dortmund and went on to establish himself as one of Europe’s finest strikers during the 4.5 seasons he spent at the German club.
Aubameyang ended up scoring 141 goals in 231 matches for Dortmund, becoming their 6th all-time leading goal scorer. His next club would be Arsenal, whom he joined with in the January of 2018. He is currently the club’s captain and has just penned a new 3-year deal in the last summer. He has scored 83 goals in 136 matches for Arsenal and has been the club’s top goal scorer in each of the seasons he’s played at the club.
Making his debut for Gabon in the March 28, 2009, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has went on to become Gabon’s all-time leading goal scorer with 26 goals in 65 matches.
He is also the captain for the Gabon national team.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently a player at Arsenal and whether he plans to go into management isn’t clear as of yet.
In the final section of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang biography, we take a brief look at his achievements, either team or individual achievements, throughout his years in the Ligue 1 to his later years playing for Dortmund and his current team Arsenal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was part of AC Milan academy system but never actually played for the Italian club, instead he spent the early part of his career out on loan on various French clubs. He made his professional debut for Dijon in Ligue 2 in Aug 1, 2008 and he went on to feature for Lille and Monaco in Ligue 1 in the following seasons.
But it was in Saint-Etienne where he actually broke out as a promising young striker he scored 16 goals in his first full season there but the following 2012-13 season would actually be his breakout year, where he was twice named as the Player of the Month and made it to the Team of the Season as well as winning the award for Ligue 1 Best African Player. He led Saint-Etienne to a Coupe de la Ligue at the end of the season, which would be his first major trophy as a player.
After the success of Saint-Etienne, clubs were lining to sign the young Aubameyang and in the end he chose the 2012-13 Champions League finalists, Borussia Dortmund. Over the course of 4.5 seasons at Dortmund, Auba established himself as one of Europe’s top strikers. He won the Bundesliga top scorer award in 2016-17 season, the same season where he won his only major trophy with Dortmund, DFB-Pokal.
After tensions between Aubameyang and Dortmund grew in the summer of 2017, with Auba wanting to leave the club, Dortmund finally decided to let him leave to Arsenal on a transfer worth £56 million, which was Arsenal’s record transfer fee at the time. The transfer seemed to work-out greatly for both the Gunners and Aubameyang, with him becoming an insanely popular figure with the fans and their current captain.
Although Auba reached two finals with Arsenal, once in Europa League and once in the League Cup, it wasn’t until last season’s FA Cup that he won his first trophy with the Gunners. Scoring twice in the semi-final and final of the competition and raising the trophy as Arsenal’s captain.
His time with Gabon’s national team hasn’t been that successful but with him in their side, they have definitely been enjoying one of their more successful eras. He has helped his country reach the quarter-finals of 2012 Africa Cup of Nations as well as reach the Summer Olympics in the same year. He is also Gabon’s all-time leading goal scorer.
On individual level, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has won the top goal scorer award once in both Germany and England as well as coming close to winning it on several other occasions. He has been named Player of the Months in Ligue 1, Bundesliga and Premier League multiple times as well as appearing in Team of the Season at least once in each of those leagues.
He was named African Player of the Year in 2015, which remains as his biggest personal achievement. And on that note we have to end our
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang biography
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