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‘I will do it again’: Aubameyang responds to Kroos’ mask jibe

Lane Dias November 12, 2020
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has called out Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos on Twitter in response to the German’s claims the Arsenal skipper’s use of masks in goal celebrations are “nonsensical”.

Aubameyang has frequently celebrated with masks during his career, including Spider-Man and Black Panther.

He is also known to have made the ‘Wakanda forever’ gesture, most notably following the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed Black Panther.

‘Not a good role model’

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Kroos allegedly made the comments while hosting the Einfach Mal Luppen podcast, according to German outlet Sport Bild.

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He is said to have claimed choreographed moves are “silly”.

Sport Bild quoted Kroos as saying: “If there are rehearsed dances or choreography, I find it very silly!

“Even worse is if there are objects hidden in their socks.

“Aubameyang once celebrated and took out a mask. That’s where it ends with me. I don’t think that’s a good role model either. What nonsense.”

Aubameyang hits back

The Arsenal forward responded to the claims using a tweet from a fan on 31 October.

The post (below) depicted two images. The first, a school initiative in which students were encouraged to create their own image of happiness.

The second was an entry from one of the students, who drew a portrait of the Gabon striker.

Father-of-two Aubameyang used the message in the tweet to reinforce his true intentions of wearing a mask, which he said was “for his son”.

He also mentioned he would continue his mask celebrations as they brought “joy to people”.

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In addition, Aubameyang wished Kroos, who is also a father of two, well and hoped he would bring his family joy too.

He also encouraged Twitter users to wear a mask and stay safe.

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