• August 2, 2021

Exclusive: Olivier Giroud completes AC Milan transfer from Chelsea and is given ‘cursed’ No.9 shirt worn by Gonzalo Higuain, Luiz Adriano and more strikers

 Exclusive: Olivier Giroud completes AC Milan transfer from Chelsea and is given ‘cursed’ No.9 shirt worn by Gonzalo Higuain, Luiz Adriano and more strikers


Olivier Giroud has joined AC Milan for an undisclosed fee from Chelsea.

The France striker, who scored 39 goals in 119 appearance for the Blues, won the Champions League, Europa League and an FA Cup during his three-and-a-half-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud will look to end the No.9 ‘curse’ at AC Milan

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Giroud will look to end the No.9 ‘curse’ at AC Milan

Giroud will be fondly remembered by Chelsea fans

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Giroud will be fondly remembered by Chelsea fans

However, his playing time was limited under Thomas Tuchel with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz often selected ahead of him last season.

Now, Giroud could form a formidable attack with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is recovering from a knee injury.

Notably, the 34-year-old has been given the ‘cursed’ No.9 shirt at AC Milan.

The number has been worn by prolific strikers such as Gonzalo Higuain, Luiz Adriano, Fernando Torres and more since AC Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi left the club in 2012.

The Italian was the last striker to regularly score while wearing the No.9 for AC Milan.

The No.9 ‘curse’ since Filippo Inzaghi’s retirement

Alexandre Pato: 2 goals in 7 appearances

Alessandro Matri: 1 goal in 18 appearances

Fernando Torres: 1 goal in 10 appearances

Mattia Destro: 3 goals in 15 appearances

Luiz Adriano: 6 goals in 29 appearances

Gianluca Lapadula: 8 goals in 29 appearances

Andre Silva: 10 goals in 40 appearances

Gonzalo Higuain: 8 goals in 22 appearances

Krzysztof Piatek: 5 goals in 20 appearances

Since then, NINE forwards have struggled for form with the iconic number on the back of their shirts.

Torres scored just once in 10 matches, Higuain netted eight in 20, while its most recent occupier Krzysztof Piatek managed just five in 20.

Giroud will look to aid AC Milan’s title challenge after they finished second and 12 points behind rivals Inter last season.





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