Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Celta Vigo at Camp Nou, Barcelona, May 2022.

Watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores ridiculous goal for Barcelona

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lit up Barcelona‘s first pre-season friendly with a superb goal as they took on Spanish lower-league side UE Olot.

It had been a big day already for Barcelona following the announcement of Raphinha’s arrival from Leeds United and news that Ousmane Dembele, who has been much improved under Xavi Hernandez, has signed a new deal with the club.

But, despite the arrival of a new forward, Aubameyang wasn’t going to allow himself to be outshined and marked Barca’s first outing of pre-season with a finish that was beautiful in its simplicity.

Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen launched a brilliant pass downfield for Aubameyang to latch onto and the Gabon international proved his credentials with an unerring finish from outside of the penalty area to give Barca the lead.

The former Arsenal striker may be one of the best goalscorers in world football but Gernot Rohr, who managed Gabon between 2010 and 2012, recently explained how he went out of his way to install discipline in his star player.

“We got along very well,” Rohr responded, in an interview with Sport Bild as reported by Goal when asked if Aubameyang sometimes drove him to despair.

“I tried to get a bit of German discipline into his head, like punctuality, for example. It wasn’t easy, but he’s made great strides in that direction, and accepted it. However, you should be careful not to destroy your creativity with too much discipline.

“We have a very good relationship. As Bundesliga fans know, he is a bit extravagant with his clothes, his glasses, and his haircut. An experience makes me smile today.”

After making a positive impact following his winter move from Arsenal, Aubameyang will be hoping to fire Barcelona to their first La Liga crown since 2019.

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