Aubameyang has revealed how close he was to quitting football.

Updated: Jun 25, 2019

  • Aubameyang was close to quitting football.

  • The Gabon international had to overcome doubts about his own ability.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed he had a tough start to his football career and even thought of quitting at some point.

The Arsenal striker was joint top goalscorer with 22 goals in the 2018-19 Premier League season.

And while on off-season holiday in Miami with his family, he said he was close to giving up on his professional career but eventually overcame doubts he had about his own ability.

"I was playing on the wing rather than up top because of my pace," he told Arsenal's official website. “I’d always been quick and everybody told me I was fast, but when I was a bit older, like 15 or 16, I lost a little bit of pace.

"I’d had some problems with my knees and I couldn’t run as fast as I had been able to, so I fell out of love with football for a bit. I didn’t have a club, I wasn’t at school, I was just at home trying to think positively.

"It was hard at the time and I did think about quitting, but every day I kept training hard. I don’t know why, but I thought that I had to train hard because you never know in life, something can happen.

"Then after six months of hard work, my father called me and said, ‘Are you ready to go training with a team?’ and I said, ‘Yes of course!’ because I had worked for six months for that opportunity.

"That was when I started to train with Bastia and from there, that was the start of my professional career."


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