Chelsea striker Oliver Giroud is the guest editor of this month’s issue of French Christian magazine Jesus.
As well as being the guest editor of the September edition of Jesus, the devout Christian French international serves as the cover star of the issue, due to be published on 19th September.
Giroud, who celebrates his 33rd birthday on 30th September, appears on the cover of Jesus alongside the headline ‘33 ans l’âge du Christ’, which translates to ’33 years old, the age of Christ’.
Giroud opened up about his faith in a recent interview with Le Figaro, telling the French daily newspaper: “I try to speak about my faith whenever I can.
“I feel I have to use my media profile to talk about my commitment to Jesus Christ, and the matters that concern me,” he continued.
“That is why I accepted the chance to edit September’s Jesus magazine. It’s very interesting for me.”
The former Arsenal player admitted that he feels the need to stand up and take action against the current issues that blight his sport.
“When I see what’s happening in football these days – racism, homophobic banners – it makes me want to take a stance and say ‘stop’.
“We organised a gala in London recently to benefit Christians who are persecuted around the world. It went very well.
“This is unusual in the world of football, but sometimes when I go to church people call on me to help,” he said.
“It is all done humbly and discreetly, and it is something that means a lot to me.”
Giroud literally wears his faith on his arm – the Frenchman has a tattoo on his right arm with the words ‘Dominus regit me et nihil mihi deerit’, which translates to ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want’ – the first line of Psalm 23.
Giroud opened up about his faith earlier this year, when he recalled a momentous achievement in his career – winning the World Cup with France in 2018.
“I had the opportunity to celebrate with my parents. Everything went so quick! But I will enjoy it for ever. And we will remind each other of these memories for ever,” he told The Mail on Sunday in May.
He said the “best moment” was sharing the special occasion with his then-five-year-old daughter Jade.
“We took a picture of her kissing the World Cup on the pitch and in the dressing room with French president. It’s going to be for ever for her as well!” Giroud said.
He also revealed that as well as celebrating with family, he took time to thank God for the opportunity.
“I’m very religious so, at that moment, I just thanked God. I was very grateful to have the opportunity to live my dream. To live every single day for me is a day blessed.”
This weekend’s Premier League fixtures:
Saturday 14th September
Liverpool v Newcastle United – 12:30pm
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley – 3:00pm
Manchester United v Leicester City – 3:00pm
Sheffield United v Southampton – 3:00pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – 3:00pm
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea – 3:00pm
Norwich City v Manchester City – 5:30pm
Sunday 15th September
AFC Bournemouth v Everton – 2:00pm
Watford v Arsenal – 4:30pm
Monday 16th September
Aston Villa v West Ham United – 8:00pm
Picture: Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his side’s first goal against Arsenal in this year’s UEFA Europa League final at Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Adam Davy/PA).
Inset: The front cover of this month’s Jesus magazine, due to be published on 19th September.