Dortmund forward Aubameyang aims to match Messi, Ronaldo

Dortmund, Oct 30 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund’s prolific forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has set himself some lofty targets for the football season and aims to match the scoring exploits of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi.

The Gabon international has already netted 20 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions so far this term and is now brimming with confidence.

“If Cristiano Ronaldo can score 50 goals in one season, why should I not be able to do the same? I aim to become one of the best strikers in the world,” he was quoted as saying by BBC on Thursday.

“What am I missing? I have to remain consistent and continue on this path. I have to put in figures like this season after season, just like Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are doing.”

The 26-year-old said that he has come a long way as far as his goal-scoring skills are concerned.

“I have improved a lot in front of goal and have become much more clinical. I have come a long way and it’s nice to be rewarded now. But this is by no means the end just yet,” Aubameyang said.

Aubameyang joined Dortmund in 2013 from Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne for a fee reported to be around 10 million pounds.

His prolific record since has attracted plenty of admirers and his next move could be an even bigger one.

Aubameyang, whose mother is Spanish, has been linked with Barcelona and while he insists he is “100 percent committed” to Dortmund for now, he is keeping one eye on the future.

“After that contract I have this dream to play in Spain. I hope that will happen but when? I don’t know,” he said.

“Lots of people think that the English Premier League would be good for me but my mum is Spanish and I really have that dream to play over there. After that maybe one day the English Premier League but for the moment I aim to one day play in Spain.”

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