Olivier Giroud proves that age is just a number as he continues to prove himself as one of the most underrated strikers of his generation.
The AC Milan striker leads the line for France at the World Cup in Qatar where he continues to take the competition by storm.
Heading into France’s semi-final against Morocco, Giroud is the competition’s second top scorer with four goals, tied with Lionel Messi and one behind Les Bleus team-mate Kylian Mbappe.
After becoming France’s all-time top scorer with a strike against Poland in the round of 16, the 36-year-old added another to his tally with a superb header to send Gareth Southgate’s England into the quarter-finals. final.
It has emerged that Didier Deschamps is actually seconds away from replacing the former Arsenal and Chelsea star, but it’s safe to say the decision to keep him turned out to be the right one.
Banging them for fun at the age of 36 is very impressive, but it’s not just a matter of luck.
Giroud prides himself on his physical conditioning with an incredibly strict diet designed to keep him in peak physical condition.
In addition to avoiding processed foods, sugar, and unhealthy oils as part of a diet that includes plenty of lean meat, fish, and high-energy carbohydrates.
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He also trains with real intensity, working to an individual training plan that only allows him one day off – all on top of his mandatory workload given to him by his employers the AC. Milano.
As a result, Giroud continues to be the best player at the highest level in the game, leading Thomas Tuchel to praise the striker in February 2021 for training ‘like a 20-year-old’.
Speaking during their time at Chelsea, Tuchel said: “If you see him daily, you can’t be surprised.
“He is totally fit, his body is fit and his physique is top notch.
“Mentally, I really feel that he enjoys being a professional football player at this level every day and that’s the level he has to reach.
“He trains like a 20-year-old, like a 24-year-old.
“He’s a guy who has a good mix of seriousness and joy in training. He’s always positive and that’s an important factor for the group.
“He starts, when he comes off the bench, he has all these qualities and it’s good like that.”
Giroud is potentially two games away from helping France to a second straight World Cup triumph.
However, according to the AC Milan striker, his age is doing nothing to slow him down as he continues to defy expectations.
Speaking last week at the World Cup, he said: “I feel very good. I think my football is interesting. Someone very wise said we are 20 and the rest are n It’s only experience, it’s exactly like that.
“I feel like I’m 20 years old. That’s how I play when I’m on the pitch, a young player who wants to compete. At some point my body will say stop, but for now it is with me on the journey.
“No limits, you have that to show the young players. If I can play the role of the big brother and accompany them for as long as possible, it will be good.”
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