13 fun facts about Olivier Giroud

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Everything you need to know about France and AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud!

Olivier Giroud is a French professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for AC Milan and the France national team. He was born on September 30, 1986, in Chambéry, France. Giroud began his professional career with Grenoble in 2005 and has since played for several top-tier clubs across Europe.

Giroud's breakthrough came when he signed for Montpellier HSC in 2010. During the 2011-2012 season, he scored 21 goals in Ligue 1 and helped Montpellier win their first-ever league title. His impressive performances earned him a move to Arsenal in 2012.

At Arsenal, Giroud established himself as one of the best target men in the Premier League. He scored 105 goals in 253 appearances for the Gunners, helping them win three FA Cups. Giroud's goalscoring ability and physical presence in the box made him a key player for Arsenal during his time there.

In 2018, Giroud moved to Chelsea, where he was also an important player. He helped the club win the FA Cup in his first season, scoring the opener in their semi-final against Southampton. He has continued to score important goals for Chelsea, including being the top scorer in their Europa League and Champions League successes in 2019 and 2021.

Afterwards, he moved to AC Milan in 2021 and was their top scorer as they finally won the Serie A after 11 long years. He continues to be an important player for them as they look to win their 20th league title.

Giroud has been a regular member of the French national team since 2011. He has scored 53 goals in 122 appearances for Les Bleus, making him the highest scorer in the history of the national team, leapfrogging Thierry Henry. Giroud has been part of several successful French squads, including the team that reached the final of Euro 2016 and the squad that won the 2018 World Cup.

Giroud is a talented and versatile striker who has made a significant impact at several top-tier clubs in Europe. He has also been a key man for France, helping them win the 2018 World Cup. Off the field, Giroud is a respected philanthropist and fashion icon who has made a positive impact both in and out of football

Here are 13 fun facts about Olivier Giroud you need to know...!

  1. A little bit Italian

    A little bit Italian

    While Giroud's heart and soul are dedicated to France, he does have a little bit of Italian in him. Both his maternal grandmother and paternal grandmother are of Italian descent. Perhaps playing for AC Milan in Serie A was written in his destiny.

  2. A late start to his professional career

    Giroud had a relatively late beginning to his professional football career. He only signed his first professional contract with Grenoble at the age of 21. While he was far from being old, it represents a late start for a footballer.

    However, ever since, the World Cup winner hasn't looked back and has proven any naysayers wrong about him and his career.

  3. A God-fearing man

    Like many footballers, Giroud is also a deeply religious man.

    A god-fearing Catholic, he has tattooed The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” which is a scripture verse from Psalms 23, on his right arm.

    One can easily spot it whenever the French target man is in action.

  4. Violent beginnings

    It didn't take much time for Giroud to score his first professional goal, a stoppage-time winner against Le Havre for Grenoble immediately after being promoted to their senior team.

    However, in his third start of the season, he got his first professional red card in match against Gueugnon on 30 March 2007.

  5. Not everyone believed in him
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    Not everyone believed in him

    Today, Giroud is someone who is revered by most people in the footballing world. Even if he doesn't score, his mere presence on the pitch causes much trouble to opposition defenders. Any manager would surely love to have him in their squad with the experience and skill he brings.

    However, this wasn't always the case. His former manager at Grenoble, Mehmed Baždarević, believed that the player was never going to be 'elite' and told the club to sell him.

    A World Cup and a Uefa Champions League trophy later, Baždarević may be regretting his decision.

  6. Papin was his hero

    Papin was his hero

    In an interview, the AC Milan forward cited former Rossoneri striker and compatriot Jean-Pierre Papin as his childhood hero, and someone he hopes to replicate on the pitch.

    In fact, credit for the former Arsenal striker's goalscoring must be given to Papin, as the 2018 World Cup winner himself says he was just trying to mimic his idol's on-field antics.

  7. It runs in the family

    Giroud isn't the only football player in his family; his elder brother Romain Giroud was a part of French club Auxerre's academy and even represented France at the under-15 and under-17 levels.

    However, instead of becoming a professional footballer like his younger brother, Romain decided to focus on becoming a nutritionist.

  8. A scholar off the field

    Many footballers worry about their life post-retirement, but for the AC Milan forward this may not be a problem.

    While he was training to become one of France's finest strikers, Giroud also finished a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and Economy, and later on completed two years of a degree in science and techniques of physical and sports activities (STAPS).

  9. Beckham contributed to his modeling career

    Giroud is known for his excellent first touch, bizarre resume of goals, and being an excellent target man, to name a few, but, he is also known for being good-looking and having a great fashion sense.

    It has led to many fashion brands signing him as their model and ambassador.

    In an interview, the French forward stated that David Beckham inspired how he carries himself, and he wanted to emulate the ex-England midfielder.

  10. Led Montpellier to their first title

    Led Montpellier to their first title

    The history books will show Giroud as being part of some of the greatest success stories seen in football in recent decades. However, one that may be dearer to him than others is when he led Montpellier to their first-ever Ligue 1 title in 2012.

    By topping the scoring charts with 21 goals in 36 games, the Frenchman also helped his side top the league table and mark his name in Montpellier's history.

  11. A career in cinema?

    Giroud's out-of-the-world goals have surprised football spectators throughout his career, but what would shock people perhaps more than his banging goals is his venture into voice-acting.

    In 2018, Giroud and France teammate Presnel Kimpembe were chosen by Sony Pictures France to dub the role of Green Goblin in the animated blockbuster Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

  12. Most goals in Europe in one season

    With his tally of 11 goals in the Uefa Europa League, not only did Giroud lead Chelsea to their second success in the competition, but he also broke the previous record of most goals by a Frenchman in a single European season previously held by Nestor Combin and Just Fontaine (10 goals)

  13. Oldest player to score in six consecutive PL starts
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    Oldest player to score in six consecutive PL starts

    A goal in Chelsea's 3-1 victory against Leeds United in the 2020-21 season meant that Giroud had become the oldest player in the Premier League's history to score in six consecutive starts.

    In doing so, he also became the second player, after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in Chelsea colours to achieve this feat.