Aubameyang calls himself a 'crazy boy' in unusually genuine farewell to Dortmund

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Arsenal unveil new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on deadline day. (Getty)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hasn’t exactly been the most popular figure at Borussia Dortmund in recent months. He has, in various ways, tried to force himself through the club’s exit door.

And you know what? He’s not afraid to admit that.

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Now that he finally does have his move – to Arsenal, as the most expensive player in club history – the 28-year-old striker has copped to his faults. He’s issuing a genuine apology. And he’s laughing at himself all at the same time.

Aubameyang posted a refreshingly honest and genuine farewell message on his Instagram account Wednesday, hours after his unveiling in London. A translation, and the original post, are below.


Zuerst einmal sorry für alles, was im letzten Monat geschehen ist. Aber ich wollte schon letzten Sommer wechseln, da klappte es nicht, aber jetzt musste es sein. Vielleicht war es nicht der beste Weg für den ich mich entschieden habe, aber jeder weiß, dass Auba verrückt ist – und ja, ich bin ein verrückter Junge, hahahaha! Ich habe Fehler gemacht, aber nie in böser Absicht. Ich werde diese viereinhalb Jahre bei Borussia Dortmund nie vergessen, weil ihr alle mir die Kraft für das Level gegeben habt, auf dem ich jetzt bin. Ich Danke der ganzen BVB Familie, den Fans, dem Klub, dem Staff und natürlich meinen Mitspielern! Euer Auba17 !!!

A post shared by Aubameyang (@aubameyang97) on Jan 31, 2018 at 7:39am PST

Aubameyang admitted up front that he wanted out five months ago. “Maybe it wasn’t the best way to go about it but everyone knows that Auba is crazy – and yes, I’m a crazy boy, hahahaha!” he wrote.

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He said sorry. He said he’d “made a mistake.” But “never in bad faith,” he clarified, before thanking everybody associated with his now-former club.

It’s a far cry from the stiff, corporate farewells that players often issue. The ones that have their PR people’s or agents’ hands all over them. And it’s so much better that way.

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Henry Bushnell covers global soccer, and occasionally other ball games, for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Question? Comment? Email him at or follow him on Twitter @HenryBushnell.

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