Football fans around the world know Olivier Giroud for his incredible talent on the pitch. But the French striker’s bold display of his Christian faith off the pitch is also attracting attention.
Giroud was instrumental in the 2022 World Cup, contributing to France’s victories with his powerful goal-scoring ability. He now holds the record for the most goals scored in the history of the French men’s team.
While Giroud is considered one of the most underrated strikers in the world, this year he has received numerous accolades for helping his team qualify for the FIFA World Cup Final where they will face Lionel Messi’s Argentina on December 18.
But the 36-year-old Frenchman is also a Lourdes striker. Throughout his 12-year football career, he has remained vocal about his belief in Jesus Christ.
In 2019, he served as a guest editor for a French Christian magazine called “Jesus” and talked about his desire to share his faith, according to Mathematical Specter.
He said, “I try to talk about my faith as much as possible.” “I think I should use my media profile to talk about my commitment to Jesus Christ and the things that matter to me.”
Jerrod grew up in the Alpine village of Frogs.
“I grew up with my mom and she took me to church every Sunday,” he told The Daily Mail in 2019.
He described himself to the principal as a Christian, rather than being restricted to a particular faith. But The Mail makes it clear that her faith is more than just a childhood memory.
He said, “I just followed through, and now I see a Christian priest studying the Bible together and I feel like I want to know more about the life of Jesus Christ.” And every time I read the word of the Bible, I feel grateful for everything that happened to me. »
Jerrod also carries a daily reminder of his deep Christian faith. Tattooed on his right arm is the famous Bible verse found in Psalms 23: “Dominus regit me et nihil mihi deerit” which translates to “The Lord is my shepherd, I will not,” according to the messenger.
The soccer striker also told the outlet that every time he scores a goal, he turns it into a celebration of faith by pointing to the sky to bring glory to God.
He said, “I’m very religious, so at that time I just thanked God. I was so grateful for the opportunity to live my dream. Living every single day for me is a blessed day.”
Fans can expect to see him perform the same ritual in the match against Argentina on Sunday morning as the Giro men’s team and France battle for their second World Cup title in four years.
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