Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dedicated his goal against Liverpool in the Community Shield to the actor Chadwick Boseman with his iconic Black Panther celebration.
Boseman, 43, starred as Black icon Jackie Robinson in “42” before rising to fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died on Friday of colon cancer.
The Gabon international opened the scoring after 12 minutes with a curling shot into the bottom right corner.
After scoring, Aubameyang ran to the side of the pitch and placed his arms across his chest in the superhero’s classic pose.
Aubameyang previously wore a Black Panther mask after scoring a brace against Rennes in Arsenal’s Europa League round-of-16 second-leg match in March 2019.
“I needed a mask which represents me and that’s the Black Panther. In Gabon, we call the national team the Panthers,” he said at the time.
Before the game against Liverpool on Saturday, Aubameyang tweeted a picture of Boseman and captioned it “Wakanda forever.”
Mikel Arteta’s men won the Community Shield 5-4 on penalties after the match ended in a 1-1 draw.