Olivier Giroud equaled Tuesday evening the record of goals in selection (51) held until then only Thierry Henry. When comparing them, Johan Micoud made a choice.
The road has been long and strewn with pitfalls for Olivier Giroud. But by force of will, the striker of the France team achieved one of the personal goals he had secretly set himself: to reach the record of fifty-one goals scored in the jersey of the France team. Until Tuesday evening, only Thierry Henry held it. From now on, the former Arsenal player must share it with Giroud. And maybe not for very long since the latter should overtake him if he scores another goal with the Blues. However, can the two players be compared? Some don’t think so.
Former French international, Johan Micoud has a clear opinion on the question. Asked about the subject in the wake of the success of the Blues against Australia (4-1), the former French international clearly stated his position. ” What does comparison mean? Does that mean you put them on the same level of talent? It actually means that. It means ‘do you put them on the same level of individual talent?’. Because on this issue I don’t think so. I think (Thierry) Henry is way above in the qualities of the player. In particular compared to the individual trophy which is called the Ballon d’Or, Thierry Henry was very very close to obtaining it. I think Giroud will never have this possibility. »
However, Johan Micoud nuanced his remarks and refocused the question on the France team. ” Now, if it’s to compare their effectiveness in the France team, it’s clear that Giroud is something exceptional in fact. He’s a phoenix to me. That’s what we say every time. We thought he couldn’t do it anymore and he comes back. Once again, he proves it tonight (Tuesday). I can’t answer this question. If we talk about individual qualities, I would say no, if we talk about efficiency (…). »