Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has retired from worldwide soccer, the Gabon federation stated Wednesday.
The federation stated it obtained a letter from the Barcelona striker and Gabon captain on Tuesday informing it of his determination, after taking part in for the nationwide staff for 13 years.
The Gabon federation printed components of Aubameyang’s letter, the place he thanked the Gabonese folks, his coaches, teammates and his father, who additionally performed for Gabon within the Nineteen Eighties and 90s.
“Hope to have made him proud by wearing our colors,” Aubameyang wrote in his letter.
The 32-year-old Aubameyang performed 72 occasions for Gabon and is his nation’s all-time main scorer with 30 targets. With Aubameyang on the coronary heart of the staff, Gabon reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 African Cup of Nations to equal its greatest efficiency in worldwide soccer.
Aubameyang’s final event with Gabon was a bitter disappointment, although, when he contracted COVID-19 in the beginning of this 12 months’s African Cup in Cameroon and needed to withdraw from the event with out taking part in a sport after being recognized with coronary heart lesions.
He introduced his determination to retire from internationals two weeks earlier than Gabon begins its qualifying marketing campaign for subsequent 12 months’s African Cup in Ivory Coast.