Last night’s brace against Australia means Olivier Giroud is not only the current joint-top scorer at the World Cup, but also the joint-top scorer in France’s history.
MilanNews take a look at the numbers that Giroud has put together since January: a total of 47 games for club and country (including last night’s match against Australia), scoring a total of 24 goals, 19 with the Rossoneri and the other 5 with Les Blues.
This is a truly exceptional return for a player who has just turned 36, and the striker has thanked Milan for helping to get him back in the orbit of Didier Deschamps and the national team, having scored big goals in decisive matches which has always been his main trait.
Last night’s two goals against Australia perfectly showcased his instinct as his positioning gave him an empty net to slot into to make it 2-1, and then a trademark powerful header brought him level with Thierry Henry as all-time top scorer for France with 51 goals.
Giroud is taking advantage of Benzema’s unfortunate injury, which means he will be a regular in the team, and he will face Denmark next who have none other than his team-mate Simon Kjaer as his captain.