Hours After Kylian Mbappe Neared 58YO Record, Olivier Giroud Intends on Beating PSG Star to France’s Top-Scorer Feat

Published 10/22/2023, 11:31 AM EDT

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A fascinating narrative has emerged from France’s soccer realm. It all began when Kylian Mbappe, the young French soccer sensation, inched closer to a 58-year-old record. However, in an unexpected twist, his teammate and French striker Olivier Giroud has vowed to race him to defend the record of France’s all-time highest goal-scorer.

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At the age of 24, Kylian Mbappe has already achieved plenty, including winning the World Cup with France and becoming the youngest player to score in a World Cup final since Pele. But, as Mbappe comes closer to becoming the highest scorer for Les Bleus, his teammate’s comments have sparked intrigue among fans.

Giroud’s ambition to outscore Kylian Mbappe

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While Kylian Mbappe looks determined and passionate, his French compatriot and the current record holder for France’s all-time leading goalscorer, Olivier Giroud has initiated buzz among the soccer community. In a light-hearted yet confident statement during an interview with Telefoot, the AC Milan forward admitted to not making it easy for Mbappe to beat his record. “If I can score a few more goals to get ahead of Kylian, that would be good,” Giroud stated with a mischievous smile.

With this determined comment from Olivier Giroud, the stage is set for a fierce, but healthy competition between French forwards. However, it will surely not be an easy task for the AC Milan forward to defend his feat from Mbappe, as the 24-year-old is a lethal and prolific goalscorer. Kylian Mbappe has scored over 200 goals in his career already and is on track to break several records, including the all-time top goal-scorer for France.

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As things stand, Giroud has netted 54 goals for Les Bleus in 127 appearances, while the rising star Mbappe sits just 11 goals short with 43 goals to his name in a total of 73 appearances. All soccer enthusiasts will be on the edge of their seats to see if Mbappe can eclipse Giroud’s record, or if Giroud can add to his tally and make the PSG star wait for the glory.

Mbappe’s meteoric rise to the top

Kylian Mbappe is widely regarded as the future of French soccer. With his electric pace, finishing ability, and top-class skill, he will lead the headlines in the coming years. Considering the immense potential and age of Kylian Mbappe, he has already seen a meteoric rise in his career. The French sensation has already scored more than 250 goals and is poised to increase his tally. At the rate that Mbappe is scoring goals, it is only a matter of time before he breaks Giroud’s record.

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As the soccer world watches in anticipation, Kylian Mbappe stands at the brink of breaking an age-old record, while Olivier Giroud, eyes on maintaining his France’s top-scorer feat further conquests. This friendly rivalry will surely add a layer of excitement to the France games.

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Sahil Sharma

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Sahil Sharma is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. He's been a fan since childhood, but his love for the sport truly took off when Real Madrid won their record 10th UEFA Champions League title in 2014. That famous La Decima triumph turned him into a hardcore Madridista.
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