Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pays emotional tribute to Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was inspired Chadwick Boseman's performance in Black Panther
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was inspired by Chadwick Boseman’s performance in Black Panther (Picture: Instagram)

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has paid an emotional tribute to Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman.

The 43-year-old’s tragic death was confirmed on Saturday with his family announcing he had been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer, a disease he had been fighting for the past four years.

A statement read: ‘It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

‘A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.

‘From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.’

Boseman was, perhaps, best known for his starring role in Black Panther, a film which inspired a legion of fans, including Arsenal skipper Aubameyang.

The Gunners’ star striker famously donned the Black Panther mask after scoring a decisive goal in a Europa League tie against Rennes last year, before breaking out the iconic Wakanda salute.

Acknowledging Boseman’s death, Aubameyang wrote on Instagram: ‘We all feeling it!! May you Rest in Peace. You gave us so much Hope and strength thanks for everything #wakandaforever.’ 

Aubameyang’s flambouyant goal celebrations are something of a trademark but speaking back in March 2019 he admitted the Black Panther routine carried extra significance.

He said: ‘I needed a mask which could represent me. It’s Black Panther. In Gabon the national team are the panthers. It represents me.’

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