After playing for Lorient, Toulouse and OM, France striker Andre-Pierre Gignac established himself as one of the best goalscorers in Ligue 1 Conforama in recent years. A look back at his career in France's top flight.
Thanks to his thunderous right boot, André-Pierre Gignac bagged some spectacular goals in Ligue 1 Conforama. A complete striker, the man who has worn the colours of FC Lorient, Toulouse FC and Olympique de Marseille established himself as one of the most prolific players in Ligue 1 Conforama in the last couple of decades. Between 2006 and 2015, the French international scored 102 goals in the top flight. Focus on his career.
ANDRÉ-PIERRE GIGNAC'S KEY STATS:
Three weeks after his Ligue 1 Conforama debut, André-Pierre Gignac celebrated scoring his first goal in the top flight - with a cannonball of a 30-metre free-kick. On 26 August 2006, when FC Lorient hosted FC Nantes, the 20-year-old striker scored a hat-trick in 25 minutes, the only one in his nine seasons in Ligue 1 Conforama (3-1). Gignac finished season 2006-07 with nine league goals.
Ligue 1 Conforama top scorer:
After almost signing for LOSC, APG chose Toulouse FC in the summer of 2007. His first season did not go as hoped (only two goals in 28 league games). But in 2008-09, he exploded onto the scene, finishing top scorer in Ligue 1 with 24 goals in 38 games. During this season, he scored six doubles and almost two thirds of his total goal tally at the Stadium in Toulouse (15). He became a French international in the spring, but struggled to confirm his status the following season (eight goals in 31 games).
Coupe de la Ligue BKT wins:
Transferred to OM after the 2010 World Cup, Gignac gradually lost Didier Deschamps' confidence. He disappears from the starting XI and scored 'only' nine times in 51 league matches during his first two seasons. Hampered by an adductor injury as he competed with Brandao and Loïc Rémy for a place, he only six starts in 2011-12. But during these two seasons with Didier Deschamps, he won the Coupe de la Ligue BKT twice. He was a starter in the first final, against Montpellier Hérault SC at the end of April 2011 (1-0).
First double against PSG:
As was the case at Lorient and Toulouse, Gignac managed to gradually work his way into the first team. The arrival of Elie Baup on the coaching bench marked a turning point in his career at Olympique de Marseille. With 13 goals, he finished top scorer of a of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who also scored twice in that game at the Vélodrome (2-2).
Best season at OM:
In 2013-14, the Martigues native scored even more goals in Ligue 1 Conforama, and in 2014-15, even more than in the preceding two seasons. He finished as the second-top scorer in those two seasons, with 16 goals under Baup and then Anigo and 21 under Bielsa.
100th goal in Ligue 1:
Before leaving OM at the end of his contract and joining Tigres de Monterrey in Mexico, Gignac reached the 100-goal mark in the league at the end of the 2014-15 season. He scored his 100th goal of the season with an opportunistic strike in Round 35 (0-2) at Metz before completing a brace.