As today is Ryan Giggs' 40th birthday, many professional footballers and mangers have taken the opportunity to heap praise on the veteran.

The Manchester United star shocked Bayer Leverkusen the other night after putting in a tireless man of the match display, in which he ran over 10,000 meters.

Arsene Wenger, most notably, compared the Welsh winger to Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp - high praise indeed.

Joey Barton too, called Giggs Britain's answer to Paolo Maldini, who also played at the top level in to his 40s.

But the controversial character, unsurprisingly, had more to say, most notably on Giggs' wrong-doings.

Despite praising Giggs for his footballing ability, the QPR player says he still can't forgive the Manchester United legend for his previous infidelities.

Speaking on his Twitter account, Barton said: "Giggs has done unbelievable to get to 40. Still a vital player for United. Some career he's had. The British Paolo Maldini. #legend.

"Still can't have him for getting up his brothers [sic] bird though. Great player but can't be doing that. No matter how much of a top player he is.

"Respect him as a player. But as a man, you don't do that to your own. He's a wrongun in my book."

Barton was of course speaking about revelations in 2011 when Giggs was accused of having an eight-year affair with his brother Rhodri Giggs' wife Natasha.

It had followed earlier an earlier exposé where Giggs was reported to be having an affair with former Miss Wales and Big Brother contestant Imogen Thomas.

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