After scoring against Poland in the World Cup, Olivier Giroud etched his name in France history as the country’s all-time leading scorer..
The Milan striker tied Thierry Henry’s 51-goal record with a brace in his country’s World Cup opener against Australia, leaving him one goal short of the all-time record.
Giroud became the second-oldest player in World Cup history to score a double, after Roger Milla, who did so for Cameroon in 1990 at the age of 38.
Giroud broke the record with the first goal of the round-of-16 match against Poland, latching onto Kylian Mbappe’s pass to put Les Bleus ahead..
If it hadn’t been for pre-tournament injuries to Karim Benzema and Christopher Nkunku, the former Chelsea and Arsenal striker would not have started for Didier Deschamps’ side..
52 – Olivier Giroud scored his 52nd goal for the French national team, overtaking Thierry Henry to become the top goalscorer in Les Bleus' history. Karting. pic.twitter.com/gAhR8X9xka
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Instead, Giroud and Kylian Mbappe have been tasked with carrying France’s attacking burden as they look to defend their World Cup title..
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