Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang paid tribute to beloved actor Chadwick Boseman after scoring the opening goal in Saturday’s Community Shield match against Premier League champ Liverpool, crossing his arms in honor of Wakanda, the fictional county that is home to Boseman’s title character in Marvel’s superhero film Black Panther.
Boseman, 43, died Friday following a four year battle with colon cancer.
Aubameyang was among the throng of famous athletes and celebrities who expressed their grief at the screen star’s unexpected passing — Boseman never made his diagnosis public — on social media after hearing the tragic news.
“We all feeling it!! may you Rest in Peace,” Aubameyang, captain of both the Gunners and Gabon’s national team, wrote before the match to his almost 10 million Instagram followers. “You gave us so much Hope and strength thanks for everything.”
And after he curled a first-half shot around Reds keeper Alisson Becker and into the net to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead, there was little doubt about what his celebration would be:
Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino came off the bench to net the equalizer with just over 15 minutes left to play. The 1-1 score stayed the same until the final whistle blew, sending the match directly to penalties.
After Reds youngster Rhian Brewster sent his spot kick off the crossbar, Aubameyang stepped up and converted the game-winner, sending Alisson diving the wrong way and giving himself another opportunity to shout-out Boseman.
“Wakanda forever,” a smiling Aubameyang said into the lens of a television camera as he crossed his arms once again:
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