Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is looking to get back among the gaols as he returns from injury. - © © gettyimages / Baron
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is looking to get back among the gaols as he returns from injury. - © © gettyimages / Baron
Bundesliga

Battle of the superstar strikers: Chicharito vs Aubameyang

The Matchday 22 meeting of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund – third against second in the table – will also, fitness permitting, be a shoot-out between two of European football's top strikers of the moment: Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

A vital threat

The prolific duo go into the encounter boasting a combined total of 33 goals in 37 league outings this season, and even that is not the whole story. Hernandez has rattled the net 22 times in 26 games across the board since his arrival at Bayer – while freshly-crowned African Player of the Year Aubameyang has bagged 30 in 32 for Dortmund in all competitions.

The most recent of those came in the 3-1 DFB Cup quarter-final victory at VfB Stuttgart, where he chipped in with a brace of assists for good measure. The beneficiary of the first, Marco Reus, was subsequently happy to confirm that, “The threat he poses up front is vital for us. Auba knows that when he gets a chance, he's going to stick it away. He works hard every day towards scoring as many as possible.”

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BL Superstars: Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

BL Superstars: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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