Ex-Arsenal, Chelsea, and AFCON star thanks Drogba for helping him choose Africa over Europe”


The former Premier League star, who was offered the chance to play for a European country, turned down that opportunity to play in the Africa Cup of Nations

Former Chelsea and Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who now plays for Olympique de Marseille, could have pursued an international career with the French national team, having represented France at youth level.

However, despite this opportunity, Aubameyang made the decision to represent Gabon at senior level, a choice he attributes to the influence of Ivorian football legend, Didier Drogba.

Drogba inspires Aubameyang to choose Gabon

In an interview with L'Equipe, Aubameyang revealed the pivotal role played by Drogba in his decision to prefer Africa over Europe.

Recalling his time at Dijon during the 2008-09 season, Aubameyang spoke about watching a DVD chronicling Drogba's illustrious career, especially his time at Olympique de Marseille, saying: “Drogba… when I played in Dijon (2008-09), I lived… With my family My Best Friend and Mum released a DVD about Drogba, his career, and his time at OM.


Didier Drogba with the Ivory Coast national team at the African Cup of Nations (IMAGO)

“L'Equipe d'ailleurs DVDs [Didier Drogba, The Incredible Destiny, published in 2007]. I watched it over and over again, and I thought to myself: This is crazy, it's exploding at 30.

“At that time, I had to choose the Gabon national team. But I actually didn't hesitate. He made me want to do the same thing. What he represented for his country. He was an incredible inspiration.”

The DVD titled 'Didier Drogba, Incredible Destiny' left a lasting impression on Aubameyang, inspiring him to follow in Drogba's footsteps and represent his country, Gabon.

Aubameyang is grateful to Drogba

Despite achieving notable success in his own right, Aubameyang remains humble and grateful for the impact Drogba has had on his career. Speaking after being named the best African player in the French League, Aubameyang expressed his admiration for Drogba and recognized him as a true legend of the game.

“I think there is no comparison possible: Drogba remains Drogba. He is a legend. After that, I am very happy and very proud that people think about it. But we are two completely different players. He is the legend, and I want to continue.” “I write my story,” he said.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Gabon match  imago

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Gabon match imago

“I had the opportunity to tell him that he was my role model when I was younger. I don't know if he realizes it but he is someone who has inspired a lot of people around the world, especially me, in my career and career.” An African journey that inspired a generation with its talent and work.”

Aubameyang has represented Gabon 75 times and is the country's top scorer with 30 goals, as well as the current team captain. He has played in two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments with the Cheetahs.



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