Will always be remembered for his contribution to football
Giggs has long been praised for his meticulous work ethic and professionalism, but his legacy is not without its fair share of controversy.
A series of alleged affairs — including one with his brother’s wife — have been well documented. But what is quite remarkable is how quickly the excitement surrounding the story, which was massive at the time, subsided into virtual obscurity. Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong and Hansie Cronje are all examples of how angry sports fans can get when those at the top of their games err. When it comes to sport, we never forget and seldom do we forgive, and all three of the above-mentioned names, among others, were crucified in the media and by the public for their wrongdoings. Not Giggsy.
I am in no way condoning extra-marital shenanigans, but it is testament to the man’s ability and longevity that his contribution to football has always remained his most documented distinction. Woods will be remembered as a sex addict, Armstrong a doper and Hansie as a match fixer. But Giggs will be remembered as the man who defied age and played for Manchester United as one of the greatest yet.
He has indicated his desire to coach after playing, and is already part of the United backroom staff and well on his way to completing his Uefa badges.
When he does eventually hang up his boots and venture into management, there is surely only one club for him. Anywhere else would just seem wrong.
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs turned 40 yesterday.