Ryan Giggs has been named BBC sports personality of the year for 2009 after beating the favourite, Formula One champion Jenson Button, to the award.
The 36-year-old Manchester United winger is the most decorated player in English football history and in May won a record 11th Premier League winners' medal.
"Perhaps I've become more appreciated as I have got older," said Giggs.
"It's unusual for a 36-year-old to be playing with a team like Manchester United for 20 years but I am enjoying it and long may it continue."
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed on Friday that Giggs will be offered a new contract for next season and he added: "It was the first I had heard of it the other day so I was quite pleased.
"My contract ends at the end of the year but hopefully there will be another year after that."
Fabio Capello was named coach of the year after the Italian guided England to qualification for the World Cup in a near-faultless campaign.
Capello said: "I am proud to win this award but I want to share this with all my staff and the players who will be with me next year in South Africa."
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