France striker Olivier Giroud has remarkably made it all the way to a World Cup final without scoring a goal, nor has he even registered a shot on target.
The 31-year-old has played over seven hours of football in the World Cup, totalling 425 frustrating minutes for the forward.
Giroud began the tournament as a substitute but was introduced for Les Bleus’ 1-0 win over Peru in their second match.
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His robust presence at centre forward has helped to unleash the lavish gifts of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe – most notably when the latter tore Argentina apart in the Round of 16.
Goals have proved elusive for a player whose place in the France line-up has long been a source of national debate in his homeland, and it could prove costly in the World Cup final.
Despite his inability to find the back of the net, one more win is all that counts for Giroud.
425 – Olivier Giroud has now played over seven hours of football at the 2018 World Cup (425 minutes) without managing a single shot on target. Frustrating. #FRA #BEL #FRABEL #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/LHhrFlQCWO
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 10, 2018
“If I didn’t score all tournament but we won the World Cup, of course I would take that in a heartbeat,” Giroud told a news conference.
“I am motivated to speak with the youngest in the squad. I try and force myself to speak up. I really want my thirst for victory to come across to them.”
France will take on the winner of Croatia and England in the World Cup final on Monday morning AEST.