A striker of a team and a World Cup winner, but with zero goals. This rare sight might happen only once, and the world has seen it in the World Cup in Russia. However, Oliver Giroud has defended himself in full voice despite failing to score a goal.
Oliver Giroud is a World Cup winner with zero goals under his belt.
After failing to score a single goal and also with zero shots on goal, Oliver Giroud got criticised heavily. While on the other side, his team-mates Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe scored four goals each.
But Giroud explained how he helped the team and what sacrifices he had to make to help his side to go for the glory. And the World Cup glory made him forget the disappointment of his performance. Giroud told Le Parisien,
“It necessarily results in a little frustration. But it has largely been filled by the title. The collective takes precedence over individuals. I often had to do a little bit of different work, make sacrifices to help the team hold the lead. In fact, you have less energy to be decisive in the last third. Except against Belgium in the second half, I do not have the memory of having missed many opportunities. I even produced two assists.”
The Chelsea player forward added,
“My zero goals does not stop me from sleeping. In the street people tell me: even if you have not scored, you have been important. We might not have been world champions if I scored. Statistics can be used for anything and everything. I was decisive in another way.”
Despite being 32 years old, Giroud has no plans to retire any time soon.
“A team-mate at Chelsea already asked me this question. As long as I feel good, can bring something to the team and the coach calls me, I am available. I am aware of being closer to the end than the beginning. So I enjoy every moment. I do not put myself any barrier; I do not set any limit.”