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Olivier Jonathan Giroud was born on 30th September 1986 to the family of Denis Giroud and Viviane Arnaud-Goddet in Chambery, France. Giroud is a French professional footballer. He plays the role of a striker for Serie A club AC Milan and the France national football team. Giroud is regarded for his work-rate, strength, acrobatic strikes, shot power, consistent goal-scoring ability and aesthetically outstanding significant goals which had made him one of the few players to win the FIFA Puskás Award.
He is often seen one of the most underrated strikers of his generation.
Giroud started his senior club career by playing for his hometown club Grenoble, before he signed with Tours in 2008, at the age of Twenty-one (21). He was named Ligue 2 Player of the Year in 2010 after finishing as the league’s top goal scorer.
He was subsequently the subject of a then-club record association football transfer when he moved to Montpellier in a transfer worth €2 million, winning the club’s first Ligue 1 title and finishing as league top goal scorer in 2012. He then joined Arsenal, where he won three FA Cups to help end Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought and is the club’s eighteenth-highest all-time goal scorer.
Giroud signed for crosstown rivals Chelsea in 2018 in a transfer worth £18 million (€20.7 million), winning the FA Cup, the UEFA Champions League, and the UEFA Europa League, finishing as top goal scorer in the latter in 2019.
Giroud later signed for AC Milan in 2021, helping them win the 2021–2022 Serie A, which ended the club’s 11-year league title drought.
Giroud made his senior international appearance for France in 2011 at the age of Twenty-five (25) and has since earned a total number of one hundred and twenty (120) caps, including appearing in six major tournaments. He is his country’s all-time top goal scorer, receiving the Bronze Boot as joint second highest goal scorer as France finished runner-up at UEFA Euro 2016.
He later won the 2018 FIFA World Cup and appeared at UEFA Euro 2020 as well as the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where France finished as runners-up and Giroud again received the Bronze Boot.
|Olivier Jonathan Giroud
|Serie A club AC Milan and the France national football team
|September 30, 1986
|Place of Birth:
|6 feet 0 inches
|Denis Giroud (father) and Viviane Arnaud-Godde (mother)
|Wife • Spouse:
|Zodiac sign: Libra
|Aria Giroud, Jade Giroud, Aaron Giroud and Evan Giroud
World Cup Winner – 2018, Champions League Winner -2020/2021, French Champion -2011/2012, Italian Champion -2021/2022, Europa League Winner 2018/2019,
Winner UEFA Nation League – 2021, English FA Cup Winner – 2018,2017,2015,2014, English Super Cup Winner – 2018, 2016, 2015.
Early Life & Education
Olivier Jonathan Giroud was born on 30th September 1986 to the family of Denis Giroud and Viviane Arnaud-Goddet in Chambery, France. Giroud was raised in the nearby village of Froges, very close to Grenoble. Giroud is of Italian descent through both of his grandmothers (Yvonne Avogadro and Antonia Gaiatto).
Giroud holds a baccalaureate in economics and social sciences (ES), and also completed a second year of a degree in science and techniques of physical and sports activities (STAPS) from the Joseph Fourier University, in Grenoble.
Giroud started organizing football playing for his hometown club, Olympique Club de Froges. He spent approximately six (6) years training at the club before joining professional club Grenoble at the age of Thirteen (13).
Olivier Jonathan Giroud is married to Jennifer since 2011 and they both have four children together name as follows: Aria Giroud, Jade Giroud, Aaron Giroud and Evan Giroud.
In February 2014, rumor had it that Giroud cheated on his wife with a model named Celia Kay, which he issued an apology to his wife after the incident and as well insisted that he had not committed adultery.
Giroud has an older brother, named Romain, who also plays football for Auxerre academy and having represented France at under-15 and under-17 level, but later dropped his career to study and become a nutritionist.
Giroud is a Evangelical Protestant. He has a tattoo on his right arm from Psalm 23 in Latin: “Dominus regit me et nihil mihi deerit” which means: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He describes himself as a “very believing person … I don’t cross myself before my games, but I do a little prayer”.
Sometime in 2014, Giroud became the face of Hugo Boss’s Boss Bottled men’s fragrance. In February 2015 Giroud was voted the ‘Hottest Premier League Player’. In an interview with GQ, he cited David Beckham as an inspiration for the way he looks, saying that Beckham’s “style is iconic”.
Giroud has been sponsored by Puma since 2009. He together with Antoine Griezmann starred in an advert for the brand of which was released in August 2016.
Often using complex moves in his goal celebrations, Giroud’s ‘Glamour slide’ goal celebration is included in EA Sports’ FIFA 16.
On 13 November 2018, Sony Pictures France confirmed on Twitter that Giroud had landed a role in the French-dubbed version of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (known as Spiderman: New Generation in France) as the voice of the Green Goblin. He was joined by Presnel Kimpembe, who took on the role of Scorpion.
Giroud started his football career at Grenoble’s youth academy before signing his first professional contract at the age of Twenty-one (21). On 1 July 2010, Giroud officially joined Montpellier. He concurrently made his club and European appearance on 29 July in the first leg of Montpellier’s UEFA Europa League third qualifying round with Hungarian club Győri ETO. In the match, Giroud scored his first goal for the club in the first half. Montpellier won the match courtesy of Giroud’s goal but were defeated on aggregate after losing on penalties in the second leg. Giroud made his league appearance in the team’s first match of the campaign; a 1–0 win over Bordeaux. On 28 August, he scored his first league goal in a 1–0 away win against Valenciennes. On 25 September, Giroud scored two goals in a home victory over Arles-Avignon. The double brought his career goal tally to nine against the Bouches-du-Rhône-based club. A week later, he scored Montpellier’s lone goal in a 3–1 loss to Lille. In November 2010, Giroud scored game-winning goals in consecutive weeks against Toulouse and Nice.
In the Coupe de la Ligue, Montpellier unexpectedgly reached the final of the competition. In the semi-finals against Paris Saint-Germain, Giroud played the entire match, which went into extra time. In the 117th minute, he scored the match-winning goal to send Montpellier to its first major final since the 1994 season when the club reached the final of the Coupe de France. In the 2011 Coupe de la Ligue Final, Montpellier faced Marseille and were defeated 1–0 courtesy of a goal by Taye Taiwo. Giroud played the entire match. Following his goal against Paris Saint-Germain, Giroud went scoreless for nearly two months before converting both club goals against the same opposition in a 2–2 draw at the Parc des Princes. Towards the end of the league season, Giroud scored goals against title contenders Marseille and Lyon. However, Montpellier lost both matches. After finishing the season as the club’s top scorer, on 31 May 2011, Giroud signed a contract extension with Montpellier until 2014.
Giroud started the 2011–2012 campaign on form scoring in the team’s first two league matches of the season against Auxerre and the defending champions Lille.Montpellier won both matches. After scoring a double in a 2–2 draw with Brest, French newspaper Le Parisien affectionately dubbed him le buteur de charme (the charm striker). The nickname paid tribute to his goalscoring ability, as well as personality and looks and was, subsequently, used by several other media outlets in France to describe the player. In the team’s next 18 matches in all competitions, Giroud lived up to the nickname by scoring 13 goals. The impressive output consisted of braces against Dijon and Sochaux, match-winning goals against Nancy, Lyon, and Nice, and a goal each in the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France.
On 26 June 2012, Arsenal won the race to sign Giroud on a long-term contract for a rumored fee believed to be around £9.6 million (€12.4 million). He was given the number 12 shirt. He made his appearance on 18 August as a substitute for fellow appeartant Lukas Podolski in a goalless home draw against Sunderland in the Premier League[and scored his first goal for Arsenal on 26 September, in a 6–1 win against Coventry City in the League Cup. His first Premier League goal came on 6 October, with the equaliser in a 3–1 win against West Ham United, in which he also assisted a Theo Walcott goal. On 30 October, he helped Arsenal to a historic comeback in a League Cup tie against Reading, as Arsenal were 4–0 down before coming back to win the game 7–5 after extra-time, with Giroud scoring Arsenal’s second goal. Giroud scored his first UEFA Champions League goal for Arsenal in a 2–2 draw at Schalke 04 on 6 November and four days later he scored twice in a 3–3 draw at home to Fulham. Giroud’s form earned him a place in the Premier League team of the week.
On 17 November, Giroud scored the third goal in Arsenal’s 5–2 derby win over Tottenham. Four days later, Giroud assisted both Jack Wilshere’s and Lukas Podolski’s goals in Arsenal’s 2–0 victory over former club Montpellier, which allowed Arsenal to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament. The Arsenal fans have warmed to Giroud as he has started to pick up form after a shaky start; a run of goals in consecutive games has led to a chant mimicking The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” of ‘Na na na, Na na naaaa, Na na naaaa, Giroud’ echoing around the Emirates Stadium. On 29 December 2012, Giroud scored a brace and hit the crossbar after coming on as a substitute for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 80th minute, as Arsenal beat Newcastle United 7–3 at the Emirates Stadium.
On 23 January, Giroud scored a brace as Arsenal beat West Ham 5–1, and did the same in a Man of the Match performance against Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup three days later. On 30 January, Giroud scored as Arsenal fought back to earn a 2–2 draw, from 2–0 down at home to Liverpool. Giroud scored a header from a Wilshere free kick, and provided an assist for Theo Walcott. For January, Giroud was awarded with the Arsenal Fan’s Player of the Month Award. On 13 April 2013, Giroud played a big part of Arsenal’s 3–1 win against Norwich City at home, winning a penalty that led to the equalizer in the 85th minute. He then sent Arsenal ahead himself two minutes later and set up for Lukas Podolski. This victory sent Arsenal to third in the table, climbing past London-rivals Chelsea and Tottenham. He received his first red card for Arsenal against Fulham, which meant he would miss three of Arsenal’s last four games of the season. His appeal was rejected by the Football Association. Giroud finished the season with a total number of seventeen (17) goals and 11 assists in 47 appearances.
Giroud scored in the opening game of the Premier League season against Aston Villa, a 3–1 loss for Arsenal. His scored the only goal in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on 1 September. On 26 October, Giroud scored the second goal in a 2–0 win at Crystal Palace, keeping Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, and almost a month later scored a double against Southampton, following a mistake from the Saints’ goalkeeper Artur Boruc, and then he converted a penalty in a 2–0 win. Giroud’s last goal of 2013, and Arsenal’s last of the year, came against Newcastle United. His flicked header from Theo Walcott’s free kick gave Arsenal a narrow 1–0 win and placed them at the top of the table going into 2014. He then scored on his return to the first team against Aston Villa after an ankle injury, a match that ended 2–1 in Arsenal’s favour.
On 8 March 2014, Giroud scored twice against Everton in the FA Cup quarter-final, helping Arsenal to a 4–1 win. On 12 April, Giroud scored one of the penalties in the shootout against Wigan Athletic to send Arsenal to the final of the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium. On 17 May, Giroud started in the 2014 FA Cup Final as Arsenal beat Hull City 3–2 at Wembley Stadium and assisted Aaron Ramsey’s cup-winning goal.
Giroud started the season by scoring the third goal in Arsenal 3–0 win against Manchester City in the 2014 FA Community Shield, a 25-yard shot which dipped over goalkeeper Willy Caballero, thus winning Giroud’s second title for Arsenal. Despite only coming on as a half-time substitute, he was named Man of the match. Shortly after scoring the equaliser in a 2–2 draw against Everton on 22 August, he broke his left tibia and was ruled out for four months.
On 30 September 2014, his 28th birthday, Giroud signed a new contract at Arsenal, keeping him at the club until 2018 and increasing his weekly wage to £80,000. Giroud returned to action quicker than expected, replacing Aaron Ramsey for the last 13 minutes of a 1–2 home defeat against Manchester United on 22 November and scoring Arsenal’s consolation goal in added time. Later, he scored twice in a 4–1 home victory against Newcastle United on 13 December. Thirteen days later, he was sent off in Arsenal’s 2–1 win over Queens Park Rangers for a headbutt on Nedum Onuoha after being pushed by the QPR defender. He later returned from his three-game suspension to feature in a 3–0 victory at home against Stoke City on 11 January. On 18 January, he scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory against Manchester City, giving the gunners their first victory at the City of Manchester Stadium since 2010. Giroud carried on his Premier League form by opening the scoring and by setting up Mesut Özil for the second goal of the match as Arsenal beat Aston Villa 5–0.
On 15 February, he netted two goals in the space of three minutes as Arsenal defeated Middlesbrough 2–0 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. His first goal concluded a move in which every Arsenal player touched the ball without Middlesbrough taking possession.
On 25 February, Giroud was substituted 60 minutes into Arsenal’s 3–1 Champions League round of 16 loss to AS Monaco after missing several good chances for his club. Four days later, on 1 March, he scored Arsenal’s opening goal in a 2–0 Premier League defeat of Everton. Giroud kept up his fine form by netting one goals each against Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United and two against Newcastle United in the Premier League while also scoring against Monaco in the Champions League. Giroud was announced as the Premier League Player of the Month for March. On 4 April, Giroud scored the fourth goal for his team in a 4–1 win over Liverpool.
On 30 May, Giroud scored Arsenal’s fourth goal after appearing as a substitute in the team’s 4–0 2015 FA Cup Final victory over Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium.
Giroud scored Arsenal’s first goal of the season, a sideways scissor kick from an Özil assist at Crystal Palace in a 2–1 loss. On 20 October 2015, he came off the bench to score the first goal in a 2–0 win against Bayern Munich in the 2015–2016 UEFA Champions League group stage. On 9 December, he scored his first competitive Arsenal hat-trick in a 3–0 away victory at Olympiacos helping the Gunners, who needed a two-goal win, make the last-16 of the Champions League. Giroud scored the first goal in a 2–0 victory over Aston Villa four days later, becoming only the seventh Arsenal player to reach 50 Premier League goals for the club. On 8 March, Giroud ended a 12-match scoreless run, with a brace in a 4–0 away victory over Hull City in a FA Cup replay.
On 8 May 2016, Giroud scored in a 2–2 against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium to end a run of 15 Premier League matches without a goal. He also assisted the team’s second goal, scored by Alexis Sánchez. A week later, in the team’s final match of the season, Giroud scored a brace against Aston Villa to end 2015–2016 with 16 goals in the Premier League and 24 in all competitions.
Giroud made only three appearances in Arsenal’s first nine matches of the 2016–2017 Premier League, all of them coming on as a substitute. On 29 October 2016, after coming onto the pitch as a substitute in the 69th minute on matchday 10 of the Premier League, Giroud scored two goals with his first two touches in Arsenal’s 4–1 away win against Sunderland. On 19 November, Giroud scored an 89th-minute equalising goal after appearing as a substitute in a 1–1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. On 26 December, he scored in a 1–0 home defeat of West Bromwich Albion on his first Premier League start of the season. On 1 January 2017, Giroud scored with a backheeled “scorpion kick” volley in a 2–0 win against Crystal Palace, a goal described by Arsène Wenger as the greatest he had seen at the Emirates Stadium. The goal later earned him the FIFA Puskás Award for the goal of the year.
On 12 January 2017, Giroud, alongside teammates Francis Coquelin and Laurent Koscielny signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal. During the 2017 FA Cup Final against Chelsea at Wembley, Giroud came on in the 78th minute with the score 1–1, and a minute later he delivered an assist for Aaron Ramsey to score the winning goal which saw Arsenal lift the Cup for a record-breaking thirteenth time. On 28 September 2017, during Arsenal’s Europa League group game away to BATE Borisov, Giroud scored his 100th goal for the club in a 4–2 victory.
On 31 January 2018, Giroud signed an 18-month contract with Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.
He made his appearance five days later in a Premier League away game at Watford, where he came on in the 64th minute replacing Pedro. However, the result was a 4–1 loss.On 12 February, Giroud started his first game for the club in which he provided an assist for Eden Hazard in a 3–0 home win against West Bromwich Albion. He scored his first goal in the FA Cup fifth round against Hull City in the 4–0 home win. On 14 April, Giroud came off the bench to score twice as Chelsea recovered from a 2–0 deficit to beat Southampton 3–2 at St Mary’s Stadium. It was his first time scoring in the Premier League with his new club.
On 8 November, Giroud registered his first goal of the season away to BATE Borisov in matchday four of the Europa League group stage. It was the only goal of the match, sending Chelsea through to the knockout stages of the tournament. In his next outing, he scored his first Premier League goal of the season in a 3–1 away loss to Tottenham Hotspur on 24 November. Giroud then made it four goals in three games, bagging a brace at home to PAOK in matchday five of the Europa League. Chelsea won the match 4–0. On his 500th career appearance, Giroud scored a free kick to equalise and preserve Chelsea’s unbeaten Europa League group stage campaign. The match against Vidi at MOL Aréna Sóstó finished 2–2. Giroud scored his first Chelsea hat trick on 14 March in a 5–0 (8–0 aggregate) win over Dynamo Kyiv in the second leg of the Europa League round of 16 tie at NSC Olimpiyskiy. The following month, he became the first Chelsea player to score 10 goals in a single European campaign when he scored in a 4–3 semi-final second-leg win over Slavia Prague. In May 2019, he signed a new contract with Chelsea through the 2019–2020 season. On 29 May, he scored in Chelsea’s 4–1 win over his former club Arsenal in the Europa League final; during the match, he also set-up Hazard’s second goal. With 11 goals in the competition, he set a new record for most goals by a French player in a single European season, breaking the previous record held jointly by Nestor Combin (achieved during the 1963–64 European Cup Winners’ Cup) and Just Fontaine (achieved during the 1958–1959 European Cup).
On 17 July 2021, AC Milan announced the transfer of Giroud from Chelsea permanently on a two-year contract. On 29 August, Giroud scored his first goals for Milan, a brace, in a 4–1 win against Cagliari.
On 16 October, when his side was trailing by 2–0, he scored the opener for Milan to help his team achieve a comeback 3–2 win against Hellas Verona. On 26 October, he scored the only goal in Milan’s 1–0 win against Torino.
On 6 January 2022, he scored the opener against Roma, and helped his teammate Messias scoring the second after Giroud snatched the ball from Roma defense and hit the post, in an eventual 3–1 win. On 5 February, Giroud scored a brace to help his team win 1–2 against Inter in Derby della Madonnina, becoming the first French player ever to score a brace or more in Serie A against Inter. Four days later, Giroud scored another brace aganist Lazio in Coppa Italia as Milan thrashed the former 4–0, progressing to the semi-final of the competition.
On 6 March in Stadio Diego Maradona, although suffering from a deep cut in his left shin, Giroud scored the only goal in an away win against Napoli, helping his team to climb to the top of Serie A table. It was Giroud 11th goal this season in all competitions (in 27 appearances), equalling his total tally from the whole of last season for Chelsea (31 matches). On 19 March, he provided his 4th assist this season, setting up Bennacer goal against Cagliari in a 1–0 win.
On 24 April, in Stadio Olimpico, he scored the equalizer against Lazio, helping his team to achieve a 2–1 comeback. On 22 May, he scored a brace in a 3–0 away win over Sassuolo, to secure the 2021–2022 Serie A title for AC Milan.
He scored his first goal of the season against Bologna on 27 August, a volley in a 2–0 win. On 3 September, against Inter, he scored and assisted a goal in a 3–2 win. One week later he scored the winner in a 2–1 away win against Sampdoria. On 14 September he scored against Dinamo Zagreb in the second group stage match of the Champions League.
Giroud was called up to the French squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar; he started as the team’s lone striker in their opening match against Australia on 22 November, scoring two goals and equaling Thierry Henry’s 51-goal record for France. He broke the record and became the national team top scorer after scoring a goal against Poland at the round of 16 on 4 December. On 10 December, he scored the winning goal against England, helping France to the Semi Finals.
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