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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud was part of France World Cup winning squad in 2018, and believes he has proved he merits his place in the team.
Giroud has never really gotten the recognition he deserves, mostly because he isn’t seen as a star player, even though he is among those who contribute most on the pitch.
The 33-year-old was unfairly criticised by the media, having been selected ahead of Karim Benzema for the French national team, since the Real Madrid striker’s expulsion from the national team in 2015.
However, it was no fault of Giroud, as Benzema had been kept out due to his alleged involvement in a plot to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena.
Giroud has now spoken of how he feels to be treated unfairly.
Giroud told RMC Sport: “At the time, when I was unfairly criticised because of Karim’s absence, it hurt me,” said Giroud, who has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League for Chelsea so far this season.
“I continued to prove that I deserved my place and that this supposed rivalry with Karim was created from scratch by some people.
“I had nothing to do with it, we just play the same position. It happened but I reacted well to these difficulties.”