Olivier Giroud’s summer didn’t contain the goals that he would’ve liked.

And yet, he still played a key role in France’s World Cup victory.

Giroud became a figure of ridicule because of his lack of potency in front of goal for Les Bleus in Russia.

In France’s first competitive action since their World Cup win, France drew 0-0 with Germany in Hoffenheim.

France v Netherlands - UEFA Nations League A

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But yesterday was a whole lot better.

Despite being pegged back by the Netherlands in their Nations League game, Giroud scored the winner, finishing exquisitely from a Benjamin Mendy cross.

And the striker has now surpassed Zinedine Zidane to become France’s fourth highest goalscorer with 32, with David Trezeguet now in his sights on 34.

Despite the mockery that Giroud has received from the footballing world, his popularity amongst Chelsea fans has not waned.

With Alvaro Morata’s confidence in front of goal looking shot, many of the Chelsea fans are calling for the Frenchman to get a chance.

And here’s how Chelsea fans took the news of Giroud’s winner:



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