Griezmann Praises Giroud: The Quintessential Team Player

Olivier Giroud, the veteran striker, is set to bid adieu to his home crowd in France come Sunday. Post this, Les Bleus will jet off to Germany for Euro 2024.

Antoine Griezmann extolled Giroud as the exemplar teammate before the latter’s curtain call at home this weekend. The 37-year-old, Giroud, is eyeing a fond farewell during Euro 2024. As things stand, he’s France’s most prolific scorer with 57 nets.

After serving France, Giroud plans to trade boots across the Atlantic. On July 18, he’ll sign with LAFC, marking his departure from Milan where he netted 48 times in 132 gigs — a commendable tally he topped only at Arsenal.

The fixture against Canada this Sunday in Bordeaux marks the final chapter of his Euro 2024 preps. Griezmann hopes it’s a celebration, fitting for Giroud’s storied international saga.

“Giroud’s swan song — it ought to be one for the books,” said Griezmann. He further remarked on Giroud’s exemplar persona both on and off the field, earning him unanimous respect.

Sunday also rekindles a long-dormant rivalry, as France faces Canada for the first time since the 1986 World Cup. Despite bulldozing Luxembourg 3-0 recently, Coach Didier Deschamps anticipates a tougher challenge.

Griezmann admits the matchup with Canada is pivotal. “It tests our readiness, tactically and on both ends of the pitch,” he said, emphasizing the need to assess their sharpers before the imminent tournament. According to him, Canada, featuring increasingly notable names in European leagues, won’t be pushovers.

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