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Aubameyang considering own esports team after virtual F1 debut
By Reuters
Monday, May 25, 2020, 18:10 By Reuters

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 7, 2020. (IAN KINGTON / AFP)

LONDON - Arsenal’s top-scoring striker and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who raced for McLaren in Sunday’s virtual Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, is considering setting up his own esports team.

The Gabonese is a keen video gamer, and has been getting in plenty of practice during the COVID-19 lockdown with the Premier League out of action.

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I play FIFA of course, but this year a lot of Fortnite and I definitely need to play Warzone: Call of Duty

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Captain, Arsenal

He is also a lover of fast and expensive cars, with a couple of Lamborghinis and an exclusive pearl-wrapped Ferrari LaFerrari in his garage.

“I play FIFA of course, but this year a lot of Fortnite and I definitely need to play Warzone: Call of Duty,” he said in a video conversation with McLaren’s regular F1 race driver Lando Norris ahead of Sunday’s race.

“I’m actually thinking about launching an esports team and Rocket League is definitely a game that I’d need to have a team for,” he said.

Real Madrid’s Welsh winger Gareth Bale started his own esports team this year while Arsenal team mate Mesut Ozil launched one in 2018.

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Spectators including Arsenal's Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (up) attend by videoconference the live streaming show of French humorists Othman and Kalvin at the Apollo Theatre in Paris on May 14, 2020. (FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

Aubameyang said that was something he’d like to follow. “Something is cooking,” he said.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero are among other soccer players to have taken part in Formula One’s virtual series.

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