Olivier Giroud scores 52nd objective to interrupt Henry’s France file


The 36-year-old striker has grow to be France’s all-time high objective scorer, surpassing Thierry Henry – however Kylian Mbappe just isn’t far behind.

France striker Olivier Giroud has written his identify into the historical past books after scoring towards Poland within the spherical of 16 of the soccer World Cup in Qatar to grow to be the nationwide group’s all-time high scorer, with 52 objectives.

The 36-year-old on Sunday picked up a move from Kylian Mbappe within the 44th minute contained in the field and despatched a low shot together with his left foot previous Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny, his former teammate at Arsenal, to fireside Les Bleus forward at Sunday’s conflict at Al Thumama Stadium.

The AC Milan striker had matched France nice Thierry Henry’s 51-goal file with a brace in a 4-1 win over Australia in his nation’s World Cup opener, leaving him one shy of the outright benchmark.

France Vs Poland, Fifa World Cup 2022, December 5, Al Thumama Stadium
Kylian Mbappe was magnificent towards Poland [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Giroud would doubtless not have began for Didier Deschamps’s facet if it had not been for pre-tournament accidents to Karim Benzema and Christopher Nkunku.

Instead, Giroud and star participant Mbappe have been tasked with carrying the attacking burden as France goal to defend their World Cup crown.

France simply beat Poland 3-1 to reach the match’s final 8, with Mbappe scoring the opposite two objectives for Les Bleus to reach 33 worldwide objectives, at simply 23 years previous.

France’s high objective scorers

  • Olivier Giroud: 52
  • Thierry Henry: 51
  • Antoine Griezmann: 42
  • Michel Platini: 41
  • Karim Benzema: 37
  • David Trezeguet: 34
  • Kylian Mbappe: 33
  • Zinedine Zidane: 31