The Daily Mirror posted a profile on Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang late Saturday, speaking with the Gabonese striker as well as a number of people in his life.
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Most of the talk dealt with his obsession with soccer, which started as an admirer of his internationally-capped father, but the quotes getting attention come from Aubameyang and deal with his comfort as a flashy personality.
So for those wondering whether the 27-year-old is going to tame his off-field activities now that he’s moved to London, well, it’s unlikely.
Aubameyang has a bit of David Beckham in him, cognizant of his background and relishing his place in life.
“The clothes, the cars and all that are a bonus. I enjoy living this way. I like who I am and it doesn’t matter if other people can’t accept that – it goes over my head.
“As they say ‘you only live once’. It’s important to know where you come from and where your roots are – the rest is a big bonus.”
Any number of players, from Andy Carroll to Cristiano Ronaldo, have appreciated the very same things.
It’s not a big deal.
As long as on-field performances accompany them, any criticism is driven by envy or a need to attract a similar form of attention as the player himself.