Reports circulating online have claimed that Olivier Giroud hit back at Karim Benzema after being compared to “go-karting” in comparison to the Real Madrid striker’s “Formula One” ability.
Benzema took a swipe at his compatriot earlier this week, after being asked about the situation at international level where the Real Madrid forward has not been selected since before Euro 2016 following a blackmail scandal.
In his absence, France boss Didier Deschamps has preferred to select Giroud as a lone striker, with the former Arsenal forward enjoying great success.
Giroud led the line as France won the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and has become his country’s third-highest goalscorer of all time, having scored 39 goals in 93 games.
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But that record has not impressed Benzema, who could not resist aiming a dig at the Chelsea striker.
“You shouldn’t confuse F1 and go karting and that’s me being kind,” Benzema said on a live Instagram video with YouTuber Mohamed Henni. “On to the next topic. I’m not talking about him [Giroud] anymore. I just know that I’m F1.
“He has his career, he does what he wants and scores the goals that he wants to score. He’s in his corner and I’m in mine; I’m not thinking about him. If we’re talking about playing style, his suits France well.
“It’s good because there are fast players like (Kylian) Mbappe and (Antoine) Griezmann who play out wide or feed off the centre-forward. When Giroud is up front, he’s a handful for defences, which gives the other two plenty of space to show what they can do.
“He occupies defenders and it works. It might not be brilliant to watch and you won’t say, ‘Wow, that was incredible.’ Does everyone like that style of play? I don’t know, but it suits France well.”
And Giroud reportedly responded, with quotes attributed to the forward replying with:…