Vincent Aboubakar (born 22 January 1992) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Süper Lig club Beşiktaş and captains the Cameroon national team.

Vincent Aboubakar
Aboubakar with Beşiktaş in 2023
Personal information
Full name Vincent Aboubakar[1]
Date of birth (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 32)[2]
Place of birth Garoua, Cameroon[3]
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[4]
Position(s) Striker
Team information
Current team
Beşiktaş
Number 10
Youth career
2006–2008 Coton Sport
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Coton Sport 15 (19)
2010–2013 Valenciennes 72 (9)
2011–2013 Valenciennes B 4 (3)
2013–2014 Lorient 37 (17)
2014–2020 Porto 83 (36)
2016–2017Beşiktaş (loan) 27 (12)
2019 Porto B 1 (0)
2020–2021 Beşiktaş 26 (15)
2021–2023 Al Nassr 34 (12)
2023– Beşiktaş 38 (18)
International career
2009 Cameroon U20 14 (22)
2010– Cameroon 100 (37)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Cameroon
Africa Cup of Nations
Winner 2017 Gabon
Third place 2021 Cameroon
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 18 May 2024
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 27 January 2024

Aboubakar began his career at Coton Sport and moved to Europe in 2010, playing for Ligue 1 clubs Valenciennes and Lorient, totalling 109 appearances and 26 goals in France's top division. In 2015, he signed for Porto, where he played 125 games and scored 58 goals, winning a Primeira Liga title. He won the Turkish Süper Lig while on loan at Beşiktaş in 2017, and again in 2021.

Aboubakar has earned 100 caps for Cameroon since his international debut in May 2010. He was part of their squads for the 2010, 2014 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, 2017, 2021 and 2023. He scored the winning goal in the final of the 2017 tournament, and was the top goalscorer of the 2021 edition.

Aboubakar is the third-highest scorer in the history of the Cameroonian national team, behind Roger Milla with 43 goals and Samuel Eto'o with 56 goals.

Early life edit

Vincent Aboubakar was born on 22 January 1992 in Garoua, North Region of Cameroon. He was raised in a devout Christian family in a Muslim-majority city and his mother Maobeal Alice was a deaconess for the Evangelical Missionary Society of Cameroon.[5]

Club career edit

 
Aboubakar with Lorient in 2013

Valenciennes edit

On 26 May 2010, Aboubakar signed with Valenciennes in France.[6] He was assigned the number 9 shirt and made his debut in the club's opening league match of the season against Nice appearing as a substitute. He scored his first goal and hat-trick against Boulogne in Coupe de la Ligue.

Lorient edit

Aboubakar signed for Lorient on a free transfer on 1 July 2013.[7] He made his debut for the Breton team on 10 August, playing the full 90 minutes of a 1–0 loss at Lille, and scored his first goal eight days later, equalising in a 2–1 win over Nantes at the Stade du Moustoir.[8] He came joint second top scorer over the season with 16 league goals from 35 appearances, including braces in a 4–0 win at Évian on 23 November and a 4–4 home draw with Montpellier on 20 April 2014.[9][10]

Porto edit

 
Aboubakar playing for FC Porto in 2014

Aboubakar signed for Porto on 24 August 2014, signing a four-year contract for a fee of €3 million, equivalent to 30% of his economic rights. He had previously been a target for Hull City.[11][12]

He made his debut on 14 September in a 1–1 Primeira Liga draw at Vitoria S.C., replacing Héctor Herrera in added time. Three days later in the UEFA Champions League, after coming on for Jackson Martínez, he scored his first Porto goal to conclude a 6–0 home win over BATE Borisov in the UEFA Champions League group stage.[13] On 25 October, again as the Colombian's replacement, he scored a first league goal to wrap up a 5–0 victory at F.C. Arouca.[14] He was used almost exclusively as a substitute over the season, as Porto finished runners-up to S.L. Benfica.

In his second season in Portugal, following the sale of Martínez, Aboubakar played much more regularly. He opened the season on 15 August 2015 with two goals in a 3–0 win over Vitória at the Estádio do Dragão,[15] and scored twice the following 10 January in a 5–0 win at city rivals Boavista FC.[16] He scored once in five games as the team reached the final of the Taça de Portugal, and scored the only goal of the fifth-round win at C.D. Feirense on 16 December 2015.[17]

Loan to Beşiktaş edit

On 27 August 2016, Süper Lig reigning champions Beşiktaş signed Aboubakar on a season-long loan.[18] He made his debut for the Istanbul-based club on 10 September, replacing Olcay Şahan for the last six minutes of a 3–1 home win over Kardemir Karabükspor. He did not score until his eighth match, in which he contributed two goals to a 3–2 Champions League win at Napoli on 19 October 2016 that was his club's first win in the competition since November 2009.[19] Four days later he scored his first league goal, also assisting Talisca in a 3–0 victory over Antalyaspor at Vodafone Park.[20] In March 2017, he scored in each leg of a 5–2 aggregate win over Olympiakos in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League, although he was sent off in the second game for fighting with Panagiotis Retsos.[21] He finished the season scoring 12 goals in 27 league appearances, as the Black Eagles retained their league title.

Return to Porto edit

After returning to Portugal, Aboubakar was part of a three-pronged attack made of African players, alongside the Malian Moussa Marega and Algeria's Yacine Brahimi.[22] He scored his first hat-trick for the Dragons on 20 August 2017 in a 3–0 home win over Moreirense FC.[23] On 13 September, as the Champions League campaign began with a 3–1 home loss to Beşiktaş, he celebrated with his former teammates in their changing room.[24] He scored five times in the group as Porto advanced, including two-goal hauls in both wins over French champions AS Monaco.[25] On 10 December, he scored another hat-trick in a 5–0 win at Vitória F.C. that put Porto back on top of the table.[26]

In September 2018, Aboubakar suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against C.D. Tondela. He underwent surgery, causing a long-term absence.[27] On 4 May 2019, he made his comeback as a late substitute for Marega in a 4–0 home win over C.D. Aves.[28]

On 18 August 2019, Aboubakar played the full 90 minutes of FC Porto B's 1–1 home draw with Varzim S.C. in LigaPro.[29]

Return to Beşiktaş edit

After terminating his contract with Porto, Aboubakar returned to Istanbul to meet with Beşiktaş on 25 September 2020. The following day, he signed a contract until 31 May 2021.[30] In his one season back in Istanbul, he was the fifth-highest goalscorer with 15 goals as his team won the league.[31][32] This included two on 29 November in a 4–3 win at city rivals Fenerbahçe.[33]

Al Nassr edit

On 8 June 2021, Aboubakar signed with Saudi Pro League club Al Nassr on a three-year deal. His salary was set at €6 million per year.[34]

Aboubakar reached a mutual agreement to terminate his contract at the Riyadh-based club in January 2023, being compensated for what remained of it. His exit was required in order to free a foreigner quota place for Cristiano Ronaldo.[35]

Third stint at Beşiktaş edit

On 21 January 2023, Aboubakar re-signed with Turkish club Beşiktaş as a replacement for departing striker Wout Weghorst. The 212-year deal involved a €1.1 million signing bonus and €1.5 million for the 2022–23 season, and €3.1 million per season for the remaining seasons, in addition to a maximum of €12,000 per match depending on the duration and type of competition."[36] Aboubakar scored 13 goals from 16 matches in second half of the season, placing him ninth in the Süper Lig top scorers list for 2022–23.[37]

On 11 December 2023, it was officially announced that Aboubakar has been excluded from the squad along with Valentin Rosier, Eric Bailly, Rachid Ghezzal and Jean Onana due to poor performance and incompatibility within the team.[38]

On 14 February 2024, Aboubakar has been pardoned and started training with the team.[39] He has been included in the squad for the upcoming game against Konyaspor.[40]

International career edit

 
Aboubakar at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

On 18 August 2009, Aboubakar was called up to the Cameroon national under-20 football team for the Francophone Games in Beirut.[41]

In May 2010, aged 18, he was named to the Cameroon 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Aboubakar was the only player in the squad who was based in Cameroon.[42][43] He made his debut in the friendly match on 29 May 2010 against Slovakia.[44] On 11 August 2010, Aboubakar scored his first goal for the national team, in a friendly against Poland.

He was called up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and subsequently for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. In the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Aboubakar scored an 88th-minute goal in the final to hand Cameroon a comeback 2–1 victory against Egypt to end his nation's 15-year wait for a continental crown.[45][46]

Later that year, he was part of the Cameroon squad at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. He scored a consolation goal in their 3–1 loss to world champions Germany in Sochi on 25 June.[47]

Aboubakar was a noted absence from Cameroon's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squad, with manager Clarence Seedorf doubting his fitness after his recent return from long-term injury.[48]

Aboubakar returned to the national team for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, hosted by his country at the start of the following year. He scored five group stage goals against Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Cape Verde,[49][50][51] followed by a sixth in a 2–1 win over Comoros in the last 16.[52] In the third-place match against Burkina Faso, he scored twice in a 3–3 draw, which was eventually won on penalties.[53] With 8 goals in 7 games, he was the top scorer and made the Team of the Tournament.[54]

In the 2022 FIFA World Cup, he scored a goal and provided an assist in a 3–3 draw against Serbia. His goal was described as an "outrageous scoop" by BBC Sport.[55] He scored the winning goal against Brazil in the third match, after which he drew his second yellow card for taking off his shirt and was therefore sent off.[56]

Aboubakar was injured before the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in the Ivory Coast.[57] He recovered in time for the last 16, where his team were eliminated by rivals Nigeria, which also marked his 100th match with the national team.[58]

Career statistics edit

Club edit

As of match played 3 May 2024[59][60]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Coton Sport 2009–10 Elite One 15 19 0 0 15 19
Valenciennes 2010–11 Ligue 1 17 1 1 0 2 3 20 4
2011–12 27 6 4 2 0 0 31 8
2012–13 28 2 0 1 1 0 30 3
Total 72 9 6 3 3 3 81 15
Valenciennes B 2011–12 CFA 1 2 1 2
2012–13 3 1 3 1
Total 4 3 4 3
Lorient 2013–14 Ligue 1 35 16 0 0 0 0 36 16
2014–15 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Total 37 17 1 0 0 0 38 17
Porto 2014–15 Primeira Liga 14 4 0 0 2 1 4[c] 3 20 8
2015–16 28 13 5 1 1 1 8[d] 3 42 18
2017–18 28 15 5 4 4 2 6[c] 5 43 26
2018–19 8 4 0 0 1 0 1[c] 0 1[e] 0 11 4
2019–20 5 0 2 0 0 0 2[f] 2 9 2
Total 83 36 12 5 8 4 21 13 1 0 125 58
Beşiktaş (loan) 2016–17 Süper Lig 27 12 2 1 9[g] 6 38 19
Beşiktaş 2020–21 Süper Lig 26 15 3 1 0 0 29 16
Al Nassr 2021–22 Saudi Pro League 23 8 1 0 3[h] 1 27 9
2022–23 11 4 1 0 0 0 12 4
Total 34 12 2 0 3 1 0 0 39 13
Beşiktaş 2022–23 Süper Lig 16 13 16 13
2023–24 21 4 1 0 10[i] 7 32 11
Total 37 17 1 0 10 7 48 24
Career total 321 140 25 10 11 7 43 27 1 0 400 184
  1. ^ Includes Coupe de France, Taça de Portugal, Turkish Cup, King Cup
  2. ^ Includes Coupe de la Ligue, Taça da Liga
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Six appearances and three goals in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  6. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, one appearance and two goals in UEFA Europa League
  7. ^ Six appearances and three goals in UEFA Champions League, three appearances and three goals in UEFA Europa League
  8. ^ Appearances in AFC Champions League
  9. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa Conference League

International edit

 
Aboubakar playing against Chile at the 2017 Confederations Cup
As of match played 27 January 2024
Appearances and goals by national team and year[61]
National team Year Apps Goals
Cameroon 2010 7 1
2011 5 0
2012 5 0
2013 4 0
2014 10 5
2015 12 6
2016 5 2
2017 16 5
2018 1 1
2019 2 0
2020 2 3
2021 8 2
2022 17 10
2023 4 2
2024 2 0
Total 100 37
As of match played 12 September 2023[61][59]
Scores and results list Cameroon's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Aboubakar goal.
List of international goals scored by Vincent Aboubakar
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 August 2010 Stadion Poznań, Poznań, Poland 5   Poland 3–0 3–0 Friendly
2 5 March 2014 Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal 22   Portugal 1–1 1–5 Friendly
3 6 September 2014 Stade TP Mazembe, Lubumbashi, DR Congo 27   DR Congo 2–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4 10 September 2014 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 28   Ivory Coast 2–1 4–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
5 3–1
6 15 November 2014 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 30   DR Congo 1–0 1–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
7 10 January 2015 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville, Gabon 32   South Africa 1–0 1–1 Friendly
8 25 March 2015 Gelora Delta Stadium, Sidoarjo, Indonesia 36   Indonesia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
9 6 June 2015 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, France 37   Burkina Faso 1–1 3–2 Friendly
10 14 June 2015 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 39   Mauritania 1–0 1–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11 6 September 2015 Independence Stadium, Bakau, Gambia 40   Gambia 1–0 1–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
12 13 November 2015 Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey, Niger 42   Niger 2–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 30 May 2016 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France 45   France 1–1 2–3 Friendly
14 12 November 2016 Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam, Cameroon 48   Zambia 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 5 February 2017 Stade de l'Amitié, Libreville, Gabon 54   Egypt 2–1 2–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final
16 24 March 2017 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir, Tunisia 55   Tunisia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
17 10 June 2017 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 57   Morocco 1–0 1–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
18 25 June 2017 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia 60   Germany 1–2 1–3 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
19 4 September 2017 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 62   Nigeria 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
20 25 March 2018 Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait 65   Kuwait 1–0 3–1 Friendly
21 12 November 2020 Stade de la Réunification, Douala, Cameroon 68   Mozambique 1–0 4–1 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
22 2–0
23 16 November 2020 Estádio do Zimpeto, Maputo, Mozambique 69   Mozambique 1–0 2–0 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
24 3 September 2021 Paul Biya Stadium, Yaoundé, Cameroon 72   Malawi 1–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
25 13 November 2021 Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa 76   Malawi 1–0 4–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
26 9 January 2022 Paul Biya Stadium, Yaoundé, Cameroon 78   Burkina Faso 1–1 2–1 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
27 2–1
28 13 January 2022 Paul Biya Stadium, Yaoundé, Cameroon 79   Ethiopia 2–1 4–1 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
29 3–1
30 17 January 2022 Paul Biya Stadium, Yaoundé, Cameroon 80   Cape Verde 1–0 1–1 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
31 24 January 2022 Paul Biya Stadium, Yaoundé, Cameroon 81   Comoros 2–0 2–1 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
32 5 February 2022 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 84   Burkina Faso 2–3 3–3 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
33 3–3
34 28 November 2022 Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar 93   Serbia 2–3 3–3 2022 FIFA World Cup
35 2 December 2022 Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar 94   Brazil 1–0 1–0 2022 FIFA World Cup
36 28 March 2023 Dobsonville Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa 95   Namibia 1–2 1–2 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
37 12 September 2023 Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua, Cameroon 96   Burundi 3–0 3–0 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours edit

Coton Sport

Beşiktaş

Porto

Cameroon

Individual

See also edit

References edit

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