Olivier Giroud opens up on the textual content messages Thierry Henry sends him EVERY time he scores… with AC Milan striker stage as France’s all-time high scorer with the Arsenal legend after World Cup brace towards Australia
Olivier Giroud has revealed that Thierry Henry texts him each time he scores a purpose, because the AC Milan striker appears to be like set to overhaul the France legend because the nation’s document goal-scorer.
Giroud scored his 51st purpose for France of their 4-1 Group C opening win towards Australia, placing him stage with Henry because the all-time high goal-scorer of their historical past.
The 36-year-old has mentioned there is no such thing as a animosity between him and Henry, and actually the ex-Arsenal famous person is an enormous supporter of Giroud and sends him a message after each purpose as he will get nearer to overtaking the document.
Olivier Giroud (left) celebrates scoring a brace towards Australia which noticed him draw stage with Thierry Henry (proper) as France’s all-time document goal-scorer
When requested if Henry has messaged him after scoring his record-equalling purpose, Giroud instructed Telefoot: ‘A message from Thierry Henry? He has a behavior, every time I rating, of sending me a pleasant little message to congratulate me.
‘It is at all times a pleasure coming from him.’
Competitors for locations was fierce for Giroud heading into the finals in Qatar. Nonetheless, the late withdrawals of each Christopher Nkunku and Karim Benzema by way of damage means there was extra alternative for the previous Arsenal and Chelsea man as a starter.
He has been the focus of France’s assault within the wins over Australia and Denmark, with coach Didier Deschamps taking part in Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele off the entrance man.
Giroud has began each video games for France and netted of their opening 4-1 win over Australia
Henry scored 51 objectives in 123 video games and was a part of the 1998 World Cup successful France squad
The 2 wins in Group C means France are the primary aspect to qualify for the knockout levels in Qatar, which may immediate Deschamps to rotate his squad for his or her remaining group recreation with Tunisia, that means Giroud could have to attend to attain his record-breaking purpose.
Earlier than the victory towards Denmark, Graeme Souness criticised Giroud, describing his goal-scoring document as ‘fortunate’ due to Benzema’s exile from the nationwide crew from 2015 to 2021.
The ITV pundit acknowledged: ‘I am not his greatest fan. Seven video games within the final World Cup within the crew that wins it and he by no means had a shot on track.
‘While you speak about mentioning him in the identical breath as Thierry Henry – sorry!
Giroud celebrates his first purpose for France in 2012 and has scored 51 objectives in 115 video games
‘I’d say his document is there for one motive: Benzema being out for such a very long time due to all of the controversy he is concerned with. Benzema, the present Ballon d’Or holder, can be missed on this French crew this competitors. Benzema is totally on one other stage.’
Regardless of Souness’ claims, his 51 objectives have are available 115 video games for France, eight video games lower than it took Henry to hit that very same whole. He was additionally a part of the World Cup-winning squad 4 years in the past in Russia.
Giroud made his worldwide debut in November 2011 towards the USA and opened his account for France in a 2-1 win over Germany in February 2012.