Olivier Giroud has made history by overtaking Henry and sending France to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
With the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema out of the World Cup in Qatar through injury, France have been relying on Olivier Giroud to lead the front-line in the tournament, and so far the Milan striker has been incredible.
After two goals in the Group Stage, Giroud last night scored France’s first goal of the evening as they beat Poland 3-1 in the Round of 16 to advance to the Quarterfinals, where they face England on Saturday, December 10.
This goal was especially special, as it was Giroud’s 52 goal for France, making him the nation’s all-time top scorer, overtaking Thierry Henry who scored 51 for Les Bleus. An overjoyed Oli G spoke to the media after the press, and also talked in Italian to Rai Sport:
“When I received the ball, I didn’t know if there was a defender behind me or not, so I had to turn and shoot. Today’s goal is similar to the one in the derby last year against Inter. I didn’t hit it that well, but my friend Wojciech Szczęsny was unable to get to it,” the 36-year-old said.
Milan are happy with Giroud, who is on his second year at the club and are working to extend his deal.