Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman after scoring the opener in the FA Community Shield against Liverpool.
The Gabon international scored in the 11th minute with a fine curling effort past Alisson Becker to give Mikel Arteta’s side the lead.
He then produced the ‘Wakanda Forever’ salute in memory of the late Boseman, who passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
It was a touching tribute to the 43-year-old actor, who played the role of Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Aubameyang has previously produced the salute and even wore a Black Panther mask after scoring for Arsenal against Rennes last year.
His goal gave the Gunners an early advantage at Wembley Stadium.
Aubameyang paid tribute to Boseman on Twitter after news of the actor’s passing surfaced.
It was back in March 2019 when Aubameyang brought out the Black Panther mask after scoring for Arsenal against Rennes in the Europa League.
“I needed a mask which represents me,” said about the celebration, per Arsenal’s 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.”
Fans were calling for him to bring the mask out again if he scored against Liverpool.
There was no mask this time around but the salute was still a nice way to remember Boseman.
Boseman lost his life on Friday following a lengthy battle with colon cancer.
Diagnosed in 2016, Boseman went on to star in various blockbusters including Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
However, it was his role as King T’Challa in the 2018 Black Panther film that shot Boseman to fame.
The first-ever black superhero movie was the highest-grossing film of 2018 and a sequel was scheduled for release in 2022.
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