Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been criticised by Real Madrid and Germany ace Toni Kroos, with the midfielder not impressed with his goal celebrations, describing them as “nonsense”.
Kroos, who has established himself as one of the very best central-midfielders of his generation in recent years, has admitted that he is certainly not a fan of excessive goal celebrations.
Although not a prolific goal-scorer himself, having only scored 19 goals in almost 300 appearances for Madrid, the German is disdainful of the goal-scoring celebration antics of Aubameyang who, on the other hand, has made a name and lucrative career for himself by putting the ball in the back of the net, with the former Borussia Dortmund ace having scored 74 times for the Gunners in just 119 games.
When having not delivered his customary trademark acrobatic celebration after his goal-scoring exploits, Aubameyang has celebrated by wearing a mask from the blockbuster Hollywood film ‘Black Panther.’
However, totally unimpressed, Kroos dismissed the celebration tactic, insisting it was “nonsense.”
“I find it very silly,” Kroos told his Einfach mal Luppen podcast, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“Even worse is if there are any 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.”
After delivering the ‘Black Panther’ celebration against Rennes at the Emirates Stadium back in 2019, in a 3-0 win, Aubameyang explained his reasoning behind it.
“I needed a mask which represents me,” he told Arsenal’s club website.
“It’s the Black Panther and in Africa, in Gabon, we call the national team the Black Panthers of Gabon.
“It represents me so that’s it.”
Nothing to get worked up over. This is obviously a case of one man’s meat being another man’s poison.
And different strokes for different folks.