There is no harm in dreaming provided you are ready to work your socks off to see it come to pass. Arsenal’s striker Oliver Giroud wants to win the Ballon D’or.
“This is a dream,”
“But what has made me a success so far is that I always set reasonable goals.
“I grew up like this, step by step. Before thinking about the Ballon d’Or, before being one of the world’s top ten players, I’ve got to be in the top ten strikers in England.
“I’m working on imposing myself as one of the top ten and I’d like to do that this year. That is a short-term goal.”
“It [Arsenal’s signing of Ozil] can be a double-edged sword, it’s true,”
“Right now I’m on fire – and we have just signed a superb number 10 who will bring plenty to the table.
“People will start to say it’s easy to score at Arsenal now that Ozil is here – that if Giroud scores, it’s because of Ozil. But I was scoring before he arrived.”
It might be a tall dream with Messi and Ronaldo still very much around but not impossible. Like he said, the first thing is to be one of the best in England. That I see as a realistic target. I believe Giroud has what it takes to be the leading marksman in the Premier League. He might not be the most lethal but with the quality of creative midfielders he has at his beck and call ably led by the assist merchant Mesut Ozil, Giroud scored 17 goals in all competitions last season but he has just Cazorla, Rosicky and Wilshere pulling the strings, now he has Ozil and since he is already settled, he can deliver much more.
Wanting to win the Ballon D’or might just be a step too far but it will be huge accomplishment if he can beat Van Persie and Suarez to the best in the EPL. That would give Wenger and Arsenal some bragging rights.