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Olivier

Giroud

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Birth Date:30 September 1986

Birth Place:Chambéry

Nationality:France

Height:193

Weight:91

Preferred Foot:Left

At AC Milan since:2021

Olivier Giroud has been one of the most successful strikers of the last decade in European football. Born in Chambéry on September 30 1986, after his first experiences in the French minor leagues with Grenoble, Istres and Tours, he made a name for himself at Montpellier. Between 2010-2012 he made 73 Ligue 1 appearances (the first in his career) and scored 33 goals, 21 of which hit the net just in the 2011-12 season, which saw a historic league title win for the southern French side.

His performances earned him a call-up to the Premier League, which became his home for nine seasons. From summer 2012 to January 2017, Olivier was at Arsenal, scoring 105 goals in 253 appearances, and winning three FA Cups as well as three Community Shields. That experience was followed by a spell at London rivals Chelsea, where he scored 39 goals in 119 appearances. His trophy cabinet got bigger as well, with another FA Cup in 2018, though above all, the 2018/19 Europa League and the 2020/21 Champions League, which he contributed to with a total of 17 goals.

His time with the French National Team has also been top class. His debut came on 11 November 2011 in a friendly against the United States, and to date he has made 110 appearances, scoring 46 goals, placing him second in the all-time top scorers list behind only Thierry Henry. The defining moment comes, without a doubt, in the summer of 2018 with the World Cup victory in Russia, where he played all seven games, helping Griezmann and Mbappé run rampant. He’s a team player as well then, in addition to the many goals he’s scored during his career. They’re often spectacular too, as proven by the Puskás Award he won in 2017 for the best goal of the season, following his extraordinary scorpion kick against Crystal Palace on New Year's Day.

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