OFFICIAL: Aubameyang quits Gabon

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FC Barcelona star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has confirmed his retirement from international football.  

Earlier this year, the 32-year-old was forced to prematurely exit the Africa Cup of Nations after suffering from cardiac lesions.  

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Soon after his return to Arsenal, however, reports emerged suggesting that he and Mario Lemina were released from the squad for a number of other reasons, including a disciplinary breach.  

The goal-getter immediately denied those accusations, though, labelling them as "false rumours". 

With the Gabonese star putting that episode behind him and moving to Barcelona in January, he has managed to score 13 goals in his first 22 appearances for the Blaugrana.

The forward will now be able to put full focus into his Camp Nou career, with the Gabonese Football Federation releasing an official statement on Wednesday night confirming his intention to retire from the national team. 

"The captain of the Panthers will no longer be with the national team for the next qualifiers, the final phase of which is scheduled in Cote d'Ivoire," the press release read, per the Daily Mirror

"The FC Barcelona striker has decided to end his international career and sent a letter to the Gabonese Football Federation (FEGAFOOT) on May 17, 2022. 

"[Aubameyang's words] After 13 years of pride in representing my country, I announce that I am ending my international career. I would like to thank the Gabonese people and all those who have supported me in good and bad times. 

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"I will keep a lot of good memories, like the day I made my debut or the day I came back from Nigeria with the African Ballon d'or. Sharing it with all the people was an unforgettable moment. 

"I thank our President, his excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has always supported the Panthers and has always worked for football to evolve in our country. I would also like to thank all my coaches, staff and the players that I have come across during this career. 

"Finally, I thank my father who gave me the desire to do like him, hoping to have him proud by wearing our colours.” 

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