Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “I don't know if they will give [Giroud] a statue, but the guy would have won two World Cups!
“Even the best players for France have never won it twice. You have to give Giroud a lot of credit because what he has done, taking the record for France’s all-time top goalscorer, that wasn’t easy.
“Giroud is the perfect example of a player who has a strong mentality. When he played for Arsenal, at the beginning he was in the starting XI but then he was dropped to the bench.
“He didn’t give up and went to Chelsea, where he started on the bench and put himself into the starting XI.
“He went to AC Milan and has been one of their most important players, winning the title last season.
“He goes to the national team, didn’t score a single goal at the 2018 World Cup and gets hammered for it.
“He lost his place to [Karim] Benzema and he didn’t give up.
“Look at him now. What an example to any young player who wants to have a long-term career at the highest level.”
Giroud’s next challenge with France is to negotiate a World Cup semi-final against giant-killers Morocco, who have made history as the first African nation to reach the last four.
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