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Giroud Reaches Milestone And Overtakes Platini In France Scoring Charts

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Giroud has surpassed Michel Platini on the list and is now behind only  Henry, who scored 51 in 123 games.

Giroud has Henry record in his sights after overtaking Platini for France goals

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Olivier Giroud surpassed Michel Platini as the second-highest scorer in France history with a double to take down Ukraine in Wednesday’s friendly clash.

 

The Chelsea star went into the game on 40 goals, one behind the France and Juventus great.

Now only Thierry Henry stands in front of Giroud.

 

The Chelsea striker got his 41st and 42nd goals for Les Bleus in Wednesday’s 7-1 thrashing of Ukraine in a friendly match at Stade de France.

 

Giroud’s tally is all-the-more impressive given he has often been used by coach Didier Deschamps as a target man entrusted

with bringing deeper forwards such as Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe into play.

 

The 34-year-old played in all seven of France’s games at the 2018 World Cup,

including their 4-2 win over Croatia in the final, without once getting on the scoresheet.

 

Although he is not focusing too much on catching Henry, he suggested setting a new national record could be within his reach.

 

“Obviously, I’m hugely proud,” Giroud, who was captain for the Ukraine match, told TF1.

 

 “It’s a great honour [to reach 100 caps] and I’m very happy that it happened like this.

“It was always going to be emotional.

 It’s a friendly match but it’s still my hundredth, so I’m very happy for me and for the team as well.

We showed a lot of good things.

 

“Now I keep looking forwards, without setting any limits. I hope to continue like this.

“I think you have to set goals.

It’s now maybe a little early to say [if I will break the record].

 We’ll see when I’m maybe on 46 or 47 goals!”

France face Portugal in the Nations League on Sunday.

Source: Goal

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