Ryan Giggs has paid tribute to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, for the influence he has had on his 20-year career at the very top of the game, after being awarded the Golden Foot award for 2011.

The Red Devils legend was speaking in Monaco after the ceremony that sees him join the likes of Roberto Baggio [2003], Ronaldo [2006], and Andriy Shevchenko [2005] in the European hall of fame.

Giggs credited his success to the fortune of being able to play for one of the greatest ever managers, saying, "He's hard but fair.

"He demands a lot from his players as he does from himself. He is the best manager and it's great to have had him there throughout my career."


The Golden Foot is an annual award that honours footballers aged 29 or over who "stand out for their sport results, both as individual players and with their team, for their personality and for the esteem of the public and football experts."

Having been nominated for the accolade on five previous occasions, Giggs finally scooped the award after beating the likes of David Beckham, Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas, Raul, and Xavi to the coveted trophy.

"It's a great honour to win such an award and to have my footprints alongside some of the greatest football players is a real privilege," he continued.

"I have been fortunate to play alongside great players, play for the greatest manager and play for the best club in the world.

"At the moment I am still enjoying my football so I have not thought about what I will do when I finish, but if it all finished tomorrow I could say that I have had a fantastic career and wouldn't swap it with anybody."

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