Olivier Giroud: No one can take away my Zidane-equalling moment

Olivier Giroud: No one can take away my Zidane-equalling moment

France and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed it is an honour to have equalled Zinedine Zidane’s goalscoring record for Les Bleus.

Giroud scored his 31st goal for the French national team in a 2-0 friendly win against Ireland at the end of May, moving him level with the 1998 World Cup winner.

The 31-year-old is a member of France’s 23-man squad for the World Cup, being included following a good end of season with Chelsea, ahead of Champions League winner Real Madrid.

And now, Giroud has insisted he has his eyes set on overtaking David Trezeguet who currently sits on 34.

“I’ve equalled Zidane and that’s something no one can take away from me,” he said (via Goal).

“Trezeguet has three goals more and I want to catch him up and score as many as I can. On a personal level, it’s an objective, an ambition.”

Giroud was once jeered by France fans as he became the first-choice striker ahead of Benzema several years ago, but the striker insists he has now moved on from that.

“Of course it’s not nice to be criticised or booed,” he commented. “Now I’m done with it. I used it to harden myself.

“It was unfair at one point because I did not demand anything. It surprises me that we’re still talking about it four years later.”

France kick off their World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16th before facing Peru and Denmark in their other Group C fixtures.

The race to become France’s top scorer

Only Trezeguet (34), Michel Platini (41) and Thierry Henry (51) have now scored more goals for the French national side than Giroud.

Giroud’s 31 have come in 73 games so far for France, at an average of 0.42 per game, a better rate than Zidane reached the same tally (0.29 in 106 games) and Henry whose 51 came in 123 games (0.41).

However, both Platini and Trezeguet have scored more goals than Giroud despite playing fewer games with Trezeguet reaching 34 in 71 (0.48) and Platini’s 41 coming in 72 games (0.57).