Olivier Giroud becomes the second France player to honour pre-World Cup pledge as he shaves his head following victory in Russia

  • French players promised to perform a series of challenges if they won World Cup
  • Adil Rami competed against judoka Teddy Riner on French television last week
  • Olivier Giroud had his head shaved and uploaded the results to social media
  • The Chelsea striker respected his wife’s wish to do so after son’s christening 

Olivier Giroud became the second of France‘s world champions to honour one of a series of quirky challenges they pledged to accept in the event of victory in Russia.

Hugo Lloris must embark upon a pub crawl in his hometown of Nice, while Blaise Matuidi is expected to cycle from Paris to Turin after Didier Deschamps’ side beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium last weekend.

Defender Adil Rami got the ball rolling recently by engaging in a light-hearted battle with decorated judoka Teddy Riner on live television and Giroud also kept to his word on Sunday.

Olivier Giroud pledged to shave off his hair in the event that France won the World Cup in Russia

The Chelsea striker stayed true to his word on Sunday and uploaded the evidence to social media

Olivier Giroud has shaved off his hair to honour a pledge made before France’s World Cup win

The Chelsea striker, along with Lloris and Nabil Fekir, was challenged to shave his head if France successfully claimed a second world title. 

Giroud did not go back on that promise, uploading a picture of himself on Twitter with most – if not all – of his stylish brown hair gone. 

‘Chose promise, chose due. #MerciThomas #Paritenu #FierdetreBleus,’ read the accompanying caption. 

Giroud had previously revealed an intention to fulfil the wish of wife Jennifer to wait until after the christening of their son before chopping off those locks.

‘I only have one rule… so I will respect it. My wife wants me to do it after the baptism of our son on Sunday,’ he said, per talkSPORT.

Giroud respected wife Jennifer's wish for him to perform the task after their son's christening

Giroud respected wife Jennifer’s wish for him to perform the task after their son’s christening

Captain Hugo Lloris will be expected to follow suit and also embark upon a pub crawl in Nice

Captain Hugo Lloris will be expected to follow suit and also embark upon a pub crawl in Nice

‘Hugo Lloris also said he’d do it.’

Social media users were quick to poke fun at the fact that Giroud appeared to have stopped short of a complete number 1 and instead opted to leave a little on top. 

Giroud, Lloris and Fekir are not the only players who will have to alter their respective hairstyles as a result of France’s memorable victory, with Monaco’s Thomas Lemar also pledging to dye his a different colour. 

Giroud played 546 minutes at the World Cup as France’s first-choice centre-forward, yet failed to register a single shot on target let alone a goal. 

The former Arsenal frontman wants to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea, the club he joined in January, despite interest from Atletico Madrid. 

As reported by Sportsmail, Giroud knows Maurizio Sarri wants to bring in Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus but hopes his Premier League experience can win the new coach over.


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