Aboubakar with Porto in 2014
|Full name||Vincent Paté Aboubakar|
|Date of birth||22 January 1992|
|Place of birth||Yaoundé, Cameroon|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|2016–2017||→ Beşiktaş (loan)||27||(12)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 September 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2018
He 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 2014, he signed for Porto. He won the Turkish Süper Lig while on loan at Beşiktaş in 2016–17.
Aboubakar has earned over 60 caps for Cameroon since his international debut in May 2010. He was part of their squads for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and 2017. He scored the winning goal in the final of the latter.
Valenciennes and Lorient
On 26 May 2010, Aboubakar signed with Valenciennes FC in France. 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.
Aboubakar signed for Lorient on a free transfer on 1 July 2013. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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, and scored twice the following 10 January in a 5–0 win at city rivals Boavista FC. 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.
Loan to Beşiktaş
On 27 August 2016, Süper Lig reigning champions Beşiktaş signed Aboubakar on a season-long loan. 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. Four days later he scored his first league goal, also assisting Talisca in a 3–0 victory over Antalyaspor at Vodafone Park. 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. He finished the season scoring 12 goals in 27 league appearances, as the Black Eagles retained their league title.
Return to Porto
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. He scored his first hat-trick for the Dragons on 20 August 2017 in a 3–0 home win over Moreirense FC. 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. He scored five times in the group as Porto advanced, including two-goal hauls in both wins over French champions AS Monaco. 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.
In May 2010, aged only 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. He made his debut in the friendly match on 29 May 2010 against Slovakia. On August 11, 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.
Style of play
In November 2017, Goal.com's Solace Chukwu wrote that Aboubakar had much in common with his Porto strike partner Marega in that both are physically imposing but have insufficient technical ability. He added that Brahimi's skill set made up for this deficit and was a factor in the team's success.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Continental||Other||Total|
|Coton Sport||2009–10||Elite One||15||7||0||0||—||—||—||15||7|
|Beşiktaş (loan)||2016–17||Süper Lig||27||12||2||1||—||9[g]||6||—||38||19|
- Appearances in Coupe de France, Taça de Portugal and Turkish Cup
- Appearances in Coupe de la Ligue and Taça da Liga
- Appearances and goals for Valenciennes B in the Championnat de France Amateur (not accounted for the total statistics)
- Appearances in Champions League
- Six appearances and three goals in Champions League, two appearances in Europa League
- Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Six appearances and three goals in Champions League, three appearances and three goals in Europa League
- As of match played 25 March 2018. Cameroon score listed first, score column indicates score after each Aboubakar goal.
|1||11 August 2010||Stadion Miejski, 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|
|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|
|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|
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