AC Milan has decided to put on ale, goalkeeper kits with Olivier Giroud’s name printed on the back, after the striker’s heroics in goal in a 1-0 at Genoa on Saturday.
Milan were forced to put Giroud between the sticks after goalkeeper Mike Maignan was sent off in stoppage time. Milan could not bring on a goalkeeper as the club had exhausted all substitutions at the time of the red card.
The French man instantly became a cult hero, pulling off a brilliant save to deny Genoa’s George Puscas just before the final whistle.
“Last night Olivier Giroud became part of Milan history by courageously defending the AC Milan goal in the final minutes of the Rossoneri’s match against Genoa,” Milan said in a statement.
“The club has decided to honour his performance in its last line of defence by putting him in the list of goalkeepers. Additionally, fans can now purchase the goalkeeper jersey and customize it with ‘Giroud 9’.”
The home goalkeeper jersey in Milan’s official store was sold out on Monday.
In a surprise move, the seven time UEFA Champions League winners have also added Giroud to the list of first-team goalkeepers on their website.