France Striker Olivier Giroud Makes Bold Claim After Equalling Thierry Henry’s Record

France Striker Olivier Giroud Makes Bold Claim After Equalling Thierry Henry’s Record

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
November 23, 2022 at 2:32 PM
  • Olivier Giroud believes he is ageing like fine wine, following his brace in France's 4-1 victory against Australia
  • The 36-year-old's goals against the Socceroos drew him level with former Arsenal and France forward Thierry Henry
  • Giroud and France take on Denmark on November 26 as Les Bleus look to make it two group stage wins from two

France forward Olivier Giroud reckons he is getting better with age, following his record-equalling milestone against Australia.

Giroud notched a brace against the Socceroos of Australia, as the defending world champions came from a goal down to begin their title defence on a winning note.

His 50th and 51st goals were scored either side of halftime, ensuring the AC Milan striker drew level with Thierry Henry at the top of France's all-time top goal scorer list.

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Olivier Giroud bagged a brace as France came from a goal down to beat Australia. Photo credit: @brfootball
Source: Twitter

Both Giroud and Henry sit on 51 goals. However, the former has reached the goalscoring landmark in fewer games as compared to his compatriot.

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The 36-year-old striker, who received his debut France call-up at age 25, was hyped after notching the individual feat in Les Bleus' 4-1 win against Australia.

“It means a lot to be next to Thierry Henry on the national team top scorer sheet,” Giroud said via GOAL. “It is unbelievable and we couldn’t hope for a better start at the World Cup.

Giroud stated he would keep playing for as long as his body allowed, calling himself a passionate competitor who is still hungry for more success.

"As long as I feel good, I will do my best for the team to reach our target, and tonight I feel very good. Like some friends said, ‘like fine wine’."

Giroud equals Henry's record

Olivier Giroud bagged his 50th and 51st goals for France, to put him on the cusp of making goal scoring history for his country.

The 36-year-old was handed a starting berth for Les Bleus against Australia on Tuesday night, at the Al Janoub Stadium.

The reigning world champions were overwhelming favourites heading into the game, but the Socceroos took an early lead through Craig Goodwin.

Wenger backs France to win World Cup

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that legendary Premier League manager Arsene Wenger has made his prediction for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Thirty-two teams from around the world are taking part in the 2022 edition of the global football extravaganza.

Brazil, Germany, Spain, France and England are among the world's football heavyweights backed to claim the prestigious Mundial trophy.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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