Giroud concluded his international career. He leaves as France’s all-time top scorer

Giroud concluded his international career.  He leaves as France’s all-time top scorer

France lost 1-2 to Spain in the semi-finals of the European Championship, which was the last international game for Olivier Giroud. The 37-year-old gunner hung up the French jersey after 137 games, in which he scored 57 goals, the most in the history of Les Bleus.

Giroud played in four of France’s six matches at the European Championship, but he only played the role of a substitute, playing just under an hour in total. He did not enter the statistics, his last national team goal remains the winning shot in a friendly match against Chile in March.

The native of Chambéry only made his debut in the national team at the age of 25, yet he made an indelible mark in history – with 57 goals, he is France’s top scorer, surpassing even the legendary Thierry Henry (51). Giroud needed 137 games to do so, and in this respect he is third behind Hugo Lloris (145) and Lilian Thuram (142), but Antoine Griezmann (135) may soon move to the top.

The former player of Montpellier, Arsenal or Chelsea, who is expected to join Los Angeles FC after the end of AC Milan, won the World Cup with France six years ago and was not even far from triumphing at the European Championship, but in 2016 Les Bleus lost to Portugal in the final.

2024-07-10 09:56:15
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