Michael Owen struggled to pronounce Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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During every match that Michael Owen is commentating for BT Sport, he is usually trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons.

That was the case once again during Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Borussia Dortmund.

But this time, people weren’t mocking him for his desire to constantly state the obvious - something that he loves to do.


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Instead, it was due to his hilarious pronunciation of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

In fairness, the Gabon international has a name that can give commentators nightmares ahead of the match.

But it’s not as though Aubameyang is an unknown player. The Dortmund striker has managed to score 36 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions this season and has been heavily linked to Real Madrid.

But, Owen hasn’t obviously heard Aubvameyang's name said before and went for pronunciation “Aubagaman.”

Listen to the commentator’s hilarious attempt:

Well done for trying, Owen.

But those on Twitter don’t forgive a fatal error like a mispronunciation. Just check out some of the trolling that went on.

Poor guy.

Owen will be extremely glad that Aubameyang had an incredibly quiet night against Liverpool in the first-leg of the Europa League.

Centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho kept the 26-year-old at bay as they achieved a respectable 1-1 draw at the Westfalenstadion.

Good result for Liverpool

Divock Origi, who was picked ahead of Daniel Sturridge in the starting line-up, put the Reds ahead in the first-half before Mats Hummels equalised after the break.

But Jurgen Klopp’s side managed to restrict the attacking trio of Aubameyang, Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and will hope to do the same again in the second-leg at Anfield next week.

Everyone will be listening to see if Owen has learned to say Aubameyang’s name by next Thursday.

Aubameyang at Dortmund

Klopp signed the talented forward from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2013 for a reported fee of around £10 million. He managed 16 goals in his debut season before a respectable 25 strikes last campaign.

But this season, Aubameyang has emerged as one of the world’s top strikers. He broke a Bundesliga record by scoring at least once in the opening eight matches and looks set to score over 40 goals.

Move to Madrid?

When he does leave the German club, it seems likely that he will be fulfilling his “dream" of playing for Real Madrid.

"My childhood dream was to play for Real Madrid," Aubameyang told L’Equipe.

"I promised my grandfather, who was from Avila some 110 kilometres away from Madrid, that I would play there. I realise that it will not be easy, but is always in the back of my mind.

"I watched a lot of Hugo Sanchez videos when I was still a child. The somersault I sometimes do to celebrate a goal is a homage to him.”

"Playing for Real Madrid, or even another big Spanish club, would also be a great gift for my mother,” he added.

At the age of 26, Aubameyang still has plenty of years left at the highest level. Hopefully, Owen will have learned his name by the end of his career.

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