Church of England Diocese of Guildford Dunsfold

DO YOU WEAR YOUR FAITH ON YOUR SLEEVE? OLIVIER DOES!

15 Aug 2020, 11:15 p.m.
Church_news

We've become accustomed to sportsmen, and some women, displaying multiple tattoos.

Perhaps it was former England captain David Beckham who led the vanguard of heavily inked footballers using tattoos as a fashion item and repeatedly adding to their body art.

Chelsea and France star Olivier Giroud carries a tattoo that reflects his Christian faith. On the inside of his right arm are the Latin words: "Dominus legit me et nihil mihi demerit". That is the first line of Psalm 23: "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."

Giroud, who plays for Chelsea after a spell with Arsenal, is a regular worshipper at St Barnabas Church, Kensington. He explained: "I grew up with my mother bringing me every single Sunday to church. After, I just carried on and now I'm seeing a priest studying the Bible together and I feel I want to know more about Jesus Christ's life.

"Every time I read the Holy Bible it makes me feel grateful about everything that has happened to me."

Giroud, who will be 34 next month, was a member of the France World Cup-winning team in 2018. He won the FA Cup three times with Arsenal as well as once with Chelsea. He also won the Europa League with Chelsea in 2019.