Olivier Giroud’s fake quotes vs Karim Benzema
Have you come across the following quotes on Wednesday?
Plenty of websites have claimed that Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has fired back at Karim Benzema following comments made by the Real Madrid star on Instagram Live.
Giroud apparently said:
What am I, a go-kart? A world champion go-kart.
Great quotes, but there was one big problem.
The quotes are 100% fake.
Where did the fake Giroud quotes come from?
The source of the prank, which coincided with April Fools’ Day, is a French social media account called BeFoot.
BeFoot tweeted out the supposed Giroud riposte to Benzema on Tuesday evening.
🔴 La réponse d’Olivier Giroud à Karim Benzema 😳
— BeFoot (@_BeFoot) March 31, 2020
On Wednesday afternoon, BeFoot revealed to their audience that they’d made up the Giroud quotes.
However, by this stage, many publications have ran with the story as if it was true.
Bon les gars.. Vous avez vu la date aujourd’hui ? Nous sommes le 1er avril, donc bien sûr que cette decla est une fausse 😅
(Tranquille Karim c’était une petite blagounette, et Olivier t’es le sang ne nous attaque pas en justice ❤) https://t.co/9DWdrqZB1d
— BeFoot (@_BeFoot) April 1, 2020
For those seeing or claiming that “Olivier Giroud has hit back at Karim Benzema” – He has not. The Giroud quote is an April Fool’s joke 🐟 https://t.co/CNR1MCgG33
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) April 1, 2020
Which outlets were duped by the fake Giroud quotes?
Chelsea star Giroud brilliantly silences Benzema with World Cup taunt after being compared to a ‘kart’ https://t.co/GBLEWkCtnU
— The Sun – Chelsea (@SunChelsea) April 1, 2020
“A world champion go-kart”
Giroud has hit back at Benzema
— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) April 1, 2020
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) April 1, 2020
Karim Benzema criticised Giroud
The fake quotes were grounded in reality.
Last weekend, Karim Benzema has criticised Chelsea’s Giroud on an Instagram Live video.
Benzema laid into Giroud using racing car imagery, saying:
You don’t confuse Formula 1 with karting, and I am being nice. Next… I know that I am Formula 1.
He has his career, he does what he wants, scores the goals he wants. He is in his lane, I am in my lane, I don’t think about him.
Aside from that, his style of play suits the French national team well. It works because he is there, that is the only reason.
He is good because there are players like (Kylian) Mbappé or (Antoine) Griezmann who are fast and who play in the channels and pivot around the centre-forward.
Him, up top, he weighs on defences, which allows the two others to move a lot and show a lot. He blocks and it works. It won’t be spectacular, he won’t do something amazing, but he has his thing…
Aside from that, does everyone like how he plays? I don’t know. But it works well for the French national team.
Giroud deserves to play ahead of you in the national team?
Benzema: “You don’t confuse F1 with go-karting.” 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/FrOwauOIMP
— M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) March 29, 2020
Stats: Benzema vs Giroud
Olivier Giroud has played 97 times for the French national team.
The Chelsea striker has won the World Cup once in 2018.
Giroud has scored 39 goals for his country, leaving him with a 0.4 goals per game ratio.
Meanwhile, Benzema played 81 games for Les Bleus.
The Real Madrid forward bagged 27 goals for France, leaving him with a 0.33 goals per game ratio.
Benzema never won a trophy with the national team.
This article was edited by Ben Green.