Olivier Giroud opens up about the texts Thierry Henry sends him EVERY time he scores… with the AC Milan striker tied for France’s all-time top scorer with Arsenal legend after the World Cup double world vs australia
Olivier Giroud says Thierry Henry sends him a message every time he scores, as the AC Milan striker looks set to surpass the France legend as the country’s top scorer.
The French striker scored his 51st goal for the national team in their opening Group C game against Australia, putting him level with Thierry Henry as France’s all-time leading goalscorer.
However, the 36-year-old has said there is no animosity between him and Henry and, in fact, the French icon is a huge supporter of Giroud, texting him after every goal as he gets closer to overcoming the match. historical record.
Olivier Giroud celebrates a goal against Australia which saw him level with Thierry Henry for the country’s top scorer
Giroud admitted that Henry texts him every time he scores and he has been very supportive.
Asked if Henry texted him after scoring his record goal, Giroud said telefoot: ‘A message from Thierry Henry? He has the habit, every time he dials, to send me a nice little message to congratulate me. It is always a pleasure to come from him.
Competition was fierce for Giroud heading into the final in Qatar, however, the late withdrawals of Christopher Nkunku and Karim Benzema through injuries mean there have been more opportunities for the former Arsenal and Chelsea man.
He has been the focal point of France’s attack in wins over Australia and Denmark, with manager Didier Deschamps playing Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele as strikers.
Giroud has started both games for France and scored in their first 2-1 win over Australia.
Henry scored 51 goals in 123 games and was part of the 1998 World Cup-winning French squad.
The two Group C wins mean France are the first team to qualify for the round of 16 in Qatar, which could lead to Deschamps rotating his team for the final group game against Tunisia, meaning that Giroud might have to wait to score his record goal. .
Before the win over Denmark, Graeme Souness criticized Giroud, calling his goalscoring record ‘lucky’ thanks to Benzema’s exile from the national team between 2015 and 2021.
The ITV pundit stated: I’m not his biggest fan. Seven games in the last World Cup in the team that won it and never had a shot on goal. When you talk about mentioning it at the same time as Thierry Henry, I’m sorry!
Giroud celebrates his first goal with France in 2012 and has 51 goals in 115 games
“I would say his record is there for a reason: Benzema was out for so long because of all the controversy he’s involved in. Benzema, reigning Ballon d’Or winner, will be sorely missed in this French team this competition. Benzema is completely another level.
Despite Souness’s claims, his 51 goals have come in 115 appearances for France, eight fewer games than it took Henry to reach the same total, and he was part of the World Cup-winning team four years ago in Russia. .
Giroud made his international debut in November 2011 against the USA and opened his account for France in a 2-1 win over Germany in February 2012.