Olivier Giroud Surpasses Michel Platini On France Scorers list

France and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud (image via Twitter/BRFootball)

Olivier Giroud surpassed Michel Platini as the second-highest scorer in France history with a double to take down Ukraine in Wednesday’s friendly clash. 

The Chelsea star went into the game on 40 goals, one behind the France and Juventus great. Now only Thierry Henry stands in front of Giroud, who scored twice in the first half against the eastern Europeans to leapfrog Platini in the standings. 

Eduardo Camavinga got Didier Deschamps’ charges off to a perfect start with a goal after just nine minutes, by way of a wonderfully executed overhead kick. 

The stage was then set for Giroud to dominate, as he netted twice in the space of 10 minutes to put France well ahead of their opponents and bring his own international goal tally to 42. 

France would go on to defeat Ukraine 7-1 on the evening as Deschamps’ side dominated their opponents.

Giroud will now be gunning for Henry, who leads the way for his nation with 51 goals in 123 caps. 

It was the perfect way for Giroud to celebrate a special landmark, as he made his 100th appearance for his country against Ukraine.

Watch the goal that made Olivier Giroud the second-highest scorer in France history:

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source: Goal

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