Tributes for Giggs

Figures from around world football have paid tribute to Ryan Giggs - who will make his 1,000th senior competitive appearance for club and country the next time he features for Manchester United this season.

Last Updated: 02/03/13 at 14:38 Post Comment

We look at the tributes past and present paid to Giggs, who has just agreed a new contract at Old Trafford which will take him beyond his 40th birthday.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter told Sky Sports: "It is amazing, exceptional, something I as a footballer have difficulty in believing not that somebody can play 1000 [games], but over 600 are with the same team - this is great, this is the club and you play for the club with your heart, you belong to this club."

His manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "What can I say about Ryan that hasn't already been said? He is a marvellous player and an exceptional human being. He has fantastic energy for the game and it is wonderful to see.

"To think that he now has 23 unbroken years of league goals behind him is truly amazing in the modern-day game. His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever and I am absolutely delighted that he has signed a new contract."

Former Chelsea star and now Watford boss Gianfranco Zola: "He has been an unbelievable player. The only problem I saw in him is that he played for the wrong team, from my point of view. He should have played for us (Chelsea)."

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini: "Ryan Giggs for me is one of the best players in the world, and now he is old but he continues to play well and he was a fantastic player."

Juventus and Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero: "Only two players made me cry when watching football, one was Diego Maradona and the other Ryan Giggs."

Dutch maestro Johan Cruyff: "Eric Cantona is a great player, but he's not as good as Ryan Giggs."

United team-mate Paul Scholes: "There have been so many outstanding players I've had as team-mates, but if I had to choose I'd choose Giggsy, he can do anything."

Former England striker Gary Lineker: "His record is absolutely unbelievable. Not only longevity-wise, but the amount of things he's won, the amount of brilliant games, the amount of goals he's scored and created. He's just a brilliant professional and he's defying Father Time to play how he does at the very top level in club football."

And the man who many people rank alongside Giggs as United's greatest, George Best, once said: "Maybe one day people will say I was another Ryan Giggs."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Manuel Pellegrini says Man City have had an 'important' number of injuries this season

Manuel Pellegrini says there is no doubt that injuries have hampered Manchester City's title challenge this season.

Championship: Leicester City beat QPR 1-0 at the King Power Stadium

Leicester City took another step towards the Sky Bet Championship title with a 1-0 victory at home to QPR on Saturday.

Premier League: Thomas Vermaelen tells Arsenal to forget the FA Cup for now

Captain Thomas Vermaelen has ordered his Arsenal team-mates to forget about their FA Cup final with Hull - for now.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property