Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's brilliant reaction to being FIFA 17's fastest player

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Fans across the globe are currently enjoying their FIFA fix after the 2017 version of EA Sport's flagship game was released last week.

And, as people begin to discover their favourite teams to play with, you have to imagine that Borussia Dortmund will be pretty near the top of that list. The main reason for that? Because their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been crowned the fastest player on the game.

After watching his explosive displays in the Bundesliga and Champions League in recent seasons, fans will be more than happy to see his 96 pace rating. And, it turns out, Aubameyang has been waiting years for it too.

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Speaking in an interview with French football magazine Onze, via Goal, the Gabon international joked that his status as FIFA 17's fastest player was better late than never.

“In the previous edition I was only third in speed but now I’m first. It’s about time FIFA respected me,” he said, before getting in a sly dig at FIFA's rivals, Pro Evolution Soccer.

"By the way, I’m also quickest in PES.”

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The game's current stars make no secret of their love of the video game, and FIFA 17's marketing campaign even included several big name players fighting over their ratings on the new edition. 

As we've seen in the past with Adebayo Akinfenwa - the game's strongest player - players wear their ratings like a badge of honour.

Having finally climbed to the top of the ladder when it comes to pace, Aubameyang clearly isn't about to let his chance to brag slip him by.


In terms of his challengers, FIFA 17's top 10 fastest players reads as follows:

1 - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 96
2 - Mathis Bolly - 96
3 - Jonathan Biabiany - 95
4 - Hector Bellerin - 95
5 - Jurgen Damm - 95
6 - Ernest Asante - 95
7 - Gareth Bale - 94
8 - Hector Villalba - 94
9 - Jefferson Cuero - 94
10 - Ryo Miyaichi - 94

Given the fact that Aubameyang has previously been clocked covering 30 metres in a stunning 3.7 seconds, you can understand why he might have been expecting to claim the number one spot a little sooner.

Now that he has it, though, the Dortmund star will have to show that he deserves it by maintaining his blistering form in real life.

Real life form

That doesn't seem like a problem right now.

The 27-year-old has played in seven games so far this season - two in Europe and five in the Bundesliga - and has already racked up seven goals in that time.

Pace, as you might expect, has played a big part in more than a few of them.


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