Aubameyang hits back at criticism
Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted he was hurt by criticism after he was voted the African Player of the Year.
Aubameyang, the Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker, won the award this month, leading to complaints from Yaya Touré and André Ayew that he did not deserve it.
But Aubameyang, 26, who has scored 27 goals in 27 games this season, hit back at Touré, the Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder, and Ayew, the Swansea and Ghana forward.
“I spoke with Ayew, I did not understand [his attitude]. It doesn’t matter,” he said.
“The Golden Ball [of Africa] is played on all season and my calendar year was not bad. It hurt me and that’s a shame.”
The Gabon star has been linked with an exit from Dortmund but has rebuffed the advances but confirming his intention to remain with the former Champions League finalist.