Gabonese star Aubameyang retires from international football | Soccer News

MADRID: Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has retired from international football, his country’s federation has confirmed.
Barcelona’s Aubameyang, who is Gabon’s all-time top scorer with 30 goals in 72 appearances, sent a letter to the federation on Tuesday, confirming his decision.
“After 13 years of proud representation of my country, I am announcing that I am ending my international career,” the 32-year-old wrote.
“I would like to thank the Gabonese people and all those who have supported me in good times and in bad times.
“I will have many good memories like the day I made my debut… or the day I came back from Nigeria with the African Ballon d’Or.
“I also want to thank all my coaches, my staff and the players I have met during this career.”
Aubameyang tested positive for Covid ahead of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in January and then had to pull out with what the federation said was a heart problem.
Gabon reached the quarter-finals of the Nations Cup in 2012, equaling their best return in an international tournament, with Aubameyang co-top scorer in the competition with three goals.
Aubameyang had his contract canceled by Arsenal in January and joined Barcelona. He helped the Catalans qualify for the Champions League by scoring 11 goals in 16 La Liga games.

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