Barcelona striker and Gabon captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has retired from international football.

His retirement comes before 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

On his feats while he was a national team player, the nation’s all-time leading scorer made a total of 68 appearances for the Panthers and scored 29 goals.

According to the Gabon Football Federation (Fegafoot), the 32-year-old, announcing his decision alongside a letter he sent to the country’s football governing body.

The former Arsenal football star also expressed his feelings after his retirement. He wrote, “After 13 years of representing my country with pride, I would like to tell you that I am ending my international career,”

“I would like to thank the Gabonese people and all those who have supported me in the good times as well as the bad ones.

“I will always have great memories like the day I made my debut, or the day I came back from Nigeria with African Player of the Year award. Sharing it with everyone is an unforgettable moment.

“I want to thank my father who made me want to be like him and I hope I made him proud in wearing our colours.”

Fegafoot have also acknowledged Aubameyang’s retirement, stressing that his “immense career” and a player “who knew how to promote, thanks to his professionalism, the image of Gabon around the world”.

“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will always be model for future generations,” the Fegafoot statement added.

“The big football family will be able to count on his expertise for the future.”