Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah still considers Olivier Giroud a ‘best player’ almost a year after Chelsea sold him to AC Milan.
Giroud, who scored 39 goals during his Chelsea career, was sold by the Blues last summer.
The 35-year-old striker has joined Italian giants AC Milan, who are currently top of the Serie A table in the midst of a league title race.
Despite his age, he remains a vital player in Milan’s XI with 11 goals in 33 games in all competitions this season. It’s worth pointing out that the £86,000-a-week centre-forward has also scored some hugely important goals along the way.
Liverpool superstar Salah has discussed some of world football’s elite stars still producing into their mid-30s and beyond. Ex-Blues striker Giroud is one of those mentioned in the discussion.
“Now you can see it with the players – all of them extend their careers. You can see the best, the best players still after 32, 33, you can see a lot of them – Lewandowski, Benzema, Messi, Ronaldo, Zlatan, a lot of players ; also [Edin] Dzeko in Italy, [Olivier] Giroud. All of them are performing very well after 30 years, so I don’t care,” Salah said.
In fairness, Giroud’s greatness will only be recognized once he retires.
The veteran striker is three goals away from equaling Thierry Henry’s record as France’s all-time top scorer.
He has enjoyed success in French and English football at club level, and he is trying to get his Milan side over the line for a league title this year.
His career at Stamford Bridge may have ended naturally, but it’s not because he’s not good enough.
As for older players shining in the twilight of their careers, Chelsea have the best example with their brilliant 37-year-old centre-back Thiago Silva.
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