Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has identified the evergreen Ryan Giggs as an inspiration and, should he stay healthy, hopes to continue his playing days beyond his 40th birthday, just like the Manchester United icon.
Schweinsteiger continues to play an integral role in an all-conquering Bayern Munich team, who clinched the Bundesliga title in record time this season and are bidding to be the first side to defend the Champions League.
The Germany international has still yet to reach the age of 30, but has won almost every competition he has entered as a Bayern player. But there is still plenty more silverware to be acquired over the coming years, and Schweinsteiger is optimistic he can be as influential as Giggs at Old Trafford 10 years from now.
“Looking at Ryan Giggs, and what he has done against us at the age of 40, then it seems I have only just reached the halfway line,” Schweinsteiger told Kicker.
Schweinsteiger recently faced Giggs as Bayern met Manchester United in the quarter-final of the Champions League, although the 40-year-old was replaced by David Moyes at half-time in the first-leg clash.
This initial meeting was also a mixed one for Schweinsteiger, who scored an equaliser for Bayern before begin sent off after a foul on Wayne Rooney. Bayern, though, were able to progress without Schweinsteiger with victory in the second leg.