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Ten things about Aubameyang

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become a household name since signing for Dortmund in 2013
  • In the 2014 DFL Supercup, Aubameyang whipped out a Spiderman mask after scoring against Bayern München
  • The Gabonese attacker announced his arrival in the Bundesliga with a hat-trick against Augsburg on his debut in August 2013
  • Dortmund fans will be hoping to see plenty more somersaults from the lightning-quick attacker

Munich - While great things were expected of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when Borussia Dortmund announced his arrival earlier this summer, few could have anticipated his Yellow-Black career would begin in such scintillating fashion.

So who exactly is this young man who won the hearts of Dortmund fans immediately with his opening day treble against FC Augsburg? fills in the blanks...


Aubameyang's Spiderman goal celebration was inspired by his good friend and former team-mate Jeremie Janot. The St. Etienne goalkeeper, who played with 'Aubame', as he is known in France, is a huge fan of comic book heroes and even appeared in a Spiderman mask against FC Istres in 2005.

Shoe addiction

Aubameyang isn’t your average player by any stretch of the imagination, particularly when it comes to footwear. In December 2012, he wore boots encrusted with over 4,000 Swarovski crystals while warming up for a match against Olympique Lyonnais. He has already appeared in neon-coloured sneakers in his short time at BVB. According to kicker magazine, Jürgen Klopp has asked him to wear "normal trainers" at his new club.

Shy and retiring

Crystal shoes, Spiderman masks - at first glance, Aubameyang comes across as a bit of a diva. Upon closer inspection, however, it becomes clear that the 24-year-old is, in fact, anything but. Janot told Sport Bild online that Aubameyang is “a quiet lad, who doesn’t visit night clubs, doesn’t drink alcohol and always dreams about football".

Family a source of strength

Away from football, 'Auba', as he was now known by his new Dortmund team-mates, is a family man, spending any down time with his girlfriend and two-year-old son. “He’s given me a real boost,” said the proud dad, whose boots against Augsburg bore his son's name "Curtys". He also dedicated his three debut goals to his parents. “That is for you,” he tweeted after the match.

As fast as Bolt

His speed, described by Klopp following the win at Augsburg as a “fierce quality”, is one of Aubameyang’s greatest strengths. During his time at AC Milan, 'Auba' ran 30 metres in just 3.7 seconds, a faster split than world and Olympic 100 metre champion and world-record holder Usain Bolt.

Love of cars

Given the Gabon international's on-field speed, it is only natural that he should enjoy life in the fast lane of it too. “It's fun having cars like this,” he says of his white Ferrari 458, which also bears his initials. Aubameyang's squad number can even be found on the tyres of his green Aston Martin.

Role models

While Aubameyang is a self-confessed fan of Thierry Henry, George Weah and Hernan Crespo (he sports a "Crespo For Life” tatoo on his left arm), he names Ronaldo as his biggest role model in the game. “He was dynamic, strong in the air, technically-gifted, fast - a giant of a player,” he told kicker. BVB's No17 is also a big admirer of Michael Jackson and bases his fashion sense on the self-styled 'King of Pop'.

Bundesliga record

Aubameyang's three goals in 79 minutes against Augsburg not only secured victory for his team, but also stamped his name in the record books: Only five other players had previously scored a debut hat-trick in the Bundesliga’s 50-year history.

French jester

There appears to be something of a mischievous streak in the Gabon international too. “There was always a boot, a glove or a pair of trousers missing in the changing room,” explains Janot. “He messes around and plays practical jokes.” That behaviour is reminiscent of another French-speaking Bundesliga star: FC Bayern Munich trickster Franck Ribery.

Athletic celebration

Miroslav Klose used to do them, now Aubameyang does as well: somersaults. He decides spontaneously after each goal whether or not to take off, but tends to do so after particularly important strikes. He only did one somersault in Augsburg - following his first ever Bundesliga strike.

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