He can run 30m from a standing position faster than Usain Bolt. He’s scored 22 goals in all competitions this season, making him Europe’s top scorer. He drives everything from a white Ferrari 458 to a gold Lamborghini Avantador.
Oh, and he thinks he’s Batman.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the man of the moment in the Bundesliga.
His goal last Sunday not only won Borussia Dortmund the fiercely contested Revierderby against Schalke, it also kept him level in the scoring charts with Robert Lewandowski. Both now have 14 in the league.
Aubameyang celebrated his latest effort by whipping off his shirt to reveal a home-made t-shirt adorned with the Batman logo and the words ‘do you remember?’
“I designed the shirt with Marco (Reus) before the game,” Aubameyang admitted. “I’m dedicating my goal to him.” Reus had sustained an injury days earlier, which put him out of the derby. His partnership with Aubameyang this season has been lethal, a staggering combination of pace, technique and relentless attacking drive from two of the continent’s most in-form players.
Watching them play has cast many a mind back to last season, when Aubameyang pulled out another Batman celebration. After scoring against Schalke, he donned the Batman mask, while Reus dressed up as Robin.
That was back in February. It is only now, as 2015 draws to a close, that Reus and Aubameyang are living up to their self-image as the most fearsome duo in Germany.
That is largely down to Aubameyang’s form. He has scored in 10 of Dortmund’s 12 games so far this season, a n d grabbed a double assist in another.
Only against Werder Bremen did the Gabonese hitman fail to score, and even then he missed several chances.
After two years of meandering somewhere between success and disappointment, Aubameyang is finally in full bloom for Borussia. Overshadowed by Lewandowski in his first year at the club, he then had to fight for the centre forward spot with Italian flop Ciro Immobile last season.
Only under new coach Thomas Tuchel did Aubameyang become the invaluabe, unstoppable goalscorer he is now. Tuchel gave him the freedom and the responsibility of being the first-choice striker, while also reinvigorating Dortmund’s midfield.
The likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shinji Kagawa and Reus have all rediscovered their form this season, and Aubameyang is reaping the benefits.
Little wonder that he is on the radar of Barcelona. The Catalan giants have reportedly upped their interest in Aubameyang over the last few months, though it will take a huge sum of money to prise him away from Dortmund.
“I am totally happy that my sporting future is here,” said Aubameyang as he extended his contract to 2020 last summer.
“BVB is like a second home to me. I’ve always been happy here, and have never wanted to leave.”
He certainly has every reason to be happy. Not only can he bang in the goals with Dortmund at the moment, he also gets lenient treatment for his superhero celebrations.
The masks and t-shirts are punishable offences, but Dortmund are happy to let Aubameyang have his fun. So much so, that they even changed the club’s Twitter picture to the Batman logo on Sunday.
Dortmund love their Batman. Their Batman loves Dortmund. For now, it is a perfect relationship. And it’s lighting up European football like no other.