At the heart of a clash with Benzema, Giroud empties his bag

Olivier Giroud has an exceptional career in Blue. Top scorer in the history of the France team with 53 goals, winner of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and of the League of Nations in 2021, the former Montpellier player has never managed to win unanimous support, in particular because of his competition with Karim Benzema, which has sometimes earned him many criticisms on social networks. The striker explains how he overcame it all.

After being notably compared to a kart by Karim Benzema who compared himself to an F1, Olivier Giroud never had any resentment towards his teammate in Blue. The cohabitation since the return of the striker from Real Madrid always went well, with a Olivier Giroud claiming that there was no animosity between them. However, that did not prevent the top scorer in the history of the Blues to find himself targeted by certain Internet users on social networks, who considered him responsible for the sidelining of Benzema. A treatment on which returned Giroud.

“I know it can go either way”

Olivier Giroud seems to have noticed that his status had changed after the world Cup At Qatar, in 2022, as he explains in an interview with Raw : “ There may have been a before and after the World Cup. We will never be unanimous but it is sure that when it came back to my ears that 95% of the French wanted to see me at the World Cup, it is always nice to feel supported by the French people. Social networks, I came back to them at the beginning of last year for my sponsors, marketing. It doesn’t mean that I’m really connected to it like the new generation. I’ve always protected myself against that because I know it can go in any direction. Even if I don’t always watch the press, there are certain things that come to mind. But it’s part of a career. »

“My Christian faith has helped me a lot”

Olivier Giroud then talks about what allowed him not to feel affected by the critics: “ If I can give advice to the new generation, it’s to not worry too much about what is said in the press or on social networks about their performance or their personality. You have to show up on the pitch and that’s what I’ve always tried to do. In difficult times, my Christian faith has helped me a lot, it is my strength, my rock. »