The game against Ukraine was Giroud's 100 appearances in the national team. After the game, he accepted an interview with ESPN.
I feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment, and I feel very honored. It is incredible to be a member of the "Hundred Clubs". The other players on the list are incredible players. I feel very honored to be one of them.
This is a more special and unforgettable night because I wear the captain's armband. The coach told me the night before that I would be the captain. I can't believe it. I used to be captain at Arsenal and I was very proud of it in a cup match. This time, as the captain representing the French national team for the 100th time, I feel very special. I should be happier if there are fans.
Seven years ago in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, when we lost the first round in Kiev 0-2, we won 3-0 at home. It was a special night, and it felt like every time I played against the Ukrainian team, it was special!
He was the hero in my heart when I was a kid. It is very special for me to make 100 appearances and surpass the great Platini in the team against Sheva. We gradually got to know each other over time, because he sometimes came to the Chelsea training ground. After the game on Wednesday, I took a photo with him. I will cherish this photo forever.
He is a great player who has won many championships and also won three Golden Globe Awards. I never thought I could surpass him, in fact I did not surpass him, I cannot compare with him. Each of us has our own era and his mark, and I am leaving my mark in my own way. I am trying to write my own history in the national team and do my best.
This is the same situation as Platini, and I cannot compare with him. But 9 goals behind his record, if I say that my goal is not to reach his number of goals, then I am lying, this is my goal. I dream of surpassing him.
I learned little by little that with enough effort and determination, you can achieve all your goals.
The most important moment, of course, was the 2018 World Cup final, when the trophy was raised.