Will al­ways be re­mem­bered for his con­tri­bu­tion to foot­ball

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

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.

PHOTO: GETTY

Manch­ester United leg­end Ryan Giggs turned 40 yes­ter­day.

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