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Olivier Giroud Equals Henry As France’s All-Time Topscorer With 51 Goals

Olivier Giroud equals Henry as France’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals. He’s still doing incredible also with AC Milan as he scored 22 goals in 55 total apps, winning the Serie A title.

Milan invested less than €2m to sign him in 2021. A new deal is to be discussed soon. Henry was France’s top goal scorer of all time but his record was under threat by Giroud at the 2022 World Cup.

Olivier Giroud is a rare breed. He is one of the few strikers to have won the World Cup without scoring a single goal during the entire tournament. France was crowned champions in Russia in 2018 yet Giroud didn’t even have a shot on target despite playing all seven matches from the group stage to the final. He was however a key player for the team in other ways, contributing a couple of assists in the games against Peru and Argentina.

At Qatar 2022, Giroud had an extra impetus to get on the scoresheet. The AC Milan player started the tournament within reach of France’s all-time goal-scoring record which has been held by Thierry Henry since 2010. Giroud had to score twice during the World Cup to match the Arsenal legend’s record of 51 goals for Les Bleus.

Henry’s goals came in 123 appearances at the full international level – an average of 0.41 goals per game, while Giroud’s has a slighter better average of 0.43 after bagging 49 goals in 114 games. As it turned out, it wasn’t going to take long.

When asked about the record at a recent press conference, Giroud says it’s not something he thinks about. He insists that his role in the national team is to give his best and help his teammates.

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