A missed date. Two years ago, Olivier Giroud, who had hardly played in the first part of the season, was on the verge of leaving Chelsea to join Inter in the winter transfer window. Finally, the former Montpellier player stayed in London, where he extended for an additional season before winning the 2021 Champions League. Duty done, the Frenchy left the Blues free last summer. Direction Milan then. But it was with the Rossoneri that he joined with the desire to take up a new challenge. Almost a year later, the striker born in 86 has won his bet.
Goals that are worth gold
Last night he won the Scudetto. It had been eleven years since the Lombards had lifted this trophy. And they can in particular say thank you to the native of Chambéry. Starting at the forefront of the attack, he scored twice in the 3-0 victory against Sassuolo. The 2018 world champion scored the first two goals of the match (17th, 32nd) before Franck Kessié finished the job. This morning, the Italian press is laying a red carpet for AC Milan and its striker, who has become the oldest player to reach the 10-goal mark in his first season in Serie A, at 35 years and 234 days.
10 – Olivier Giroud has become the oldest player to reach the 10-goal mark in his debut season in Serie A, aged 35 years and 234 days. Stainless. #SassuoloMilan pic.twitter.com/0LB7hr1umK
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“Giroud, the man of the goals that weigh, it’s always you. No Ibra? Olivier takes care of it”title the Gazzetta dello Sport who added: “the Frenchman was decisive in the Scudetto game and scored two goals. He overtook CR7, becoming the oldest to score more than 10 goals in his first season in Serie A. (…) If anyone was to make sense of the title match, there was no one. other than him. Giroud, the man of goals that count, important, decisive. Throughout the season he scored several and so yes, the fact that he finished the match with a brace makes absolute sense.”.
The Italian press bows
The pink paper publication continues: “two goals from a pure centre-forward, which is Olivier, following Leão’s movements and knowing perfectly well where those balls would land. Rafa did the dirty work, he did the rest. Giroud left his mark on the match that gave AC Milan the championship, but it is arguably the goals that have brought Milan this far that have been the most important. Those against Roma, against Naples, against Lazio and, above all, that double with which he overthrew Inter in a few minutes, changing the course of the two teams.. Indeed, he scored decisive goals in the title race.
Arrived as one “alter ego” of Zlatan Ibrahimovic according to the gazzetta, Giroud, author of 14 goals (11 in Serie A) and 3 assists, eclipsed and convinced Italy. the Corriere dello Sportwho gave him a score of 8 for his match, also honored the Frenchman. “Leão-Giroud, scudetto tandem”, headlined the newspaper, which recalled the importance of the striker and his Portuguese teammate, voted best player in the championship, in the conquest of this title. One more in the pocket of the 35-year-old center-forward, champion of France ten years ago with Montpellier and winner of the Champions League, Europa League and World Cup with the Blues. Blues he will follow from afar during the month of June, he who was not summoned by Didier Deschamps. But he answered her in the best possible way: on the ground.