The AC Milan striker broke the all-time French scoring record in the 3-1 win over Poland on Sunday.
Olivier Giroud was a relieved man to finally break Thierry Henry’s record of 51 France goals to put an end to the constant talk about it.
In his 117th France appearance on Sunday, Giroud scored for the 52nd time in his international career to put Les Bleus 1-0 up against Poland in a World Cup last-16 tie in Al Thumama, Qatar.
OLIVIER GIROUD BECOMES FRANCE’S ALL-TIME TOP SCORER (52) 🎨 pic.twitter.com/PCX6fEa8TF
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‘It is a childhood dream to beat Thierry Henry’
His strike saw him move one goal clear of Henry in France’s all-time top scorer’s list in men’s football.
“My wife and my children were there, plus my childhood friend. It’s a childhood dream to beat Thierry Henry like that,” Giroud told TF1.
“A lot of people told me it was coming, now I put it behind me and my obsession is to go as far as possible with the team.
“I was a little frustrated not to have been able to capitalize on one or two crosses that we made at the start of the match, so I really wanted to score this goal, just to stop talking about it!”
Despite Robert Lewandowski’s injury-time penalty, Kylian Mbappe’s second-half brace sealed a comfortable 3-1 win for France, who aim to become the first team to win back-to-back World Cups since Brazil in 1962.
Didier Deschamps’ side will next take on England on Saturday in a quarter-final clash at the Al Bayt Stadium.