Barcelona ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went viral on Monday, Mar 21, 2022, after he made a reference to the Dragon Ball Z series while celebrating his goal against arch-rivals Real Madrid in the El Clasico. Barcelona won the match 4-0.
Following his second goal, Aubameyang went to the sideline, to celebrate. He picked up an orange ball, closed his eyes, and touched his forehead making a reference to Dragon Ball Z.
The striker later admitted that the gesture was similar to Goku’s ‘instant transmission’ and explained the need for the reference.
“It was a ball from Dragon Ball,” he said. “With it, you can make a wish. I wanted to win and score a goal for my grandparents, who are gone. A friend of mine gave it to me.”
After the game, the ex-Arsenal star posted a twin image of himself copying the character Goku on Twitter. The tweet went viral in no time with tons of comments and over 680K likes.
In fact, this is not the first time Aubameyang has shown his love for the TV anime series. He is very forward with his fondness for Dragon Ball and posted a short video on Twitter in 2019 of him getting a tattoo of Goku.
Apart from anime, the striker is also sought out for his previous celebrations with Black Panther and Spider-Man masks after a score that is popular among Barcelona fans.
Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang ONM (born 18 June 1989) is a Gabonese professional footballer who plays as a striker for La Liga club Barcelona and captains the Gabon national team. He joined the club after his contract with Arsenal was cancelled with mutual consent.