As far as Manchester United are concerned, Ryan Giggs has been there, done it all and bought the t-shirt.
After all, the Welshman plied his trade at Old Trafford for 27-years before embarking on a further three seasons in the coaching staff. With a mind boggling 963 appearances, it’s fair to say the man is something of a legend.
However, given such a lengthy spell at the club, it means Giggs has shared the pitch with his fair share of superstars. In light of this, it may seem hard to imagine him isolating just one as the finest, but he has done just that.
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When you look at just whom Giggs has played alongside at United, it really takes your breath away.
Eric Cantona was the perhaps the first superstar and an undoubtedly charismatic player in the dressing room. Meanwhile, there is the English talent pool of David Beckham, Gary Neville and the small matter of Paul Scholes.
Peter Schmeichel has a rather strong claim as the greatest goalkeeper to grace the game too with Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy all proving prolific goal scorers in their heyday.
None of them prove Giggs’ nomination as MVP though. According to the Mirror, the 42-year-old believes Cristiano Ronaldo holds that title.
The winger had the following to say about his ex-midfield partner: “People forget he had a difficult start, but he did – and still does – everything he can to be the best.
“He’s an unbelievable athlete and player – the best I played with.
“He was really good to have around the dressing room – until you needed the mirror. First, it was Becks, who sat there, and, when Cristiano came, he replaced Becks next to the mirror. So, you could forget it if you wanted to use the mirror – you’d have to wait!”
Therefore, while Scholes may come up short in terms of playing ability, at least he didn’t spend as much time sorting out his hair.
Giggs has great reason to pick Ronaldo as the finest player he shared the pitch with. In addition, the Portuguese was arguably far from his peak when he was still starring in the Premier League.
It’s hard to look past the 2007-08 season though. Ronaldo scored a record breaking 31 Premier League goals, inspiring United to the Champions League title and even scooped himself a Ballon d’Or.
Overall, the 31-year-old racked up 118 strikes in 292 outings for the Red Devils. In fact, it took a then world record transfer fee to pry the striker from his north of England dwelling.
Since then, Ronaldo has kicked on by winning two more Champions Leagues as well as Euro 2016. Furthermore, 376 goals in just 363 appearances suggests he’s somewhat settled in at Real Madrid.
So while Scholes, Rooney, Schmeichel and co. all have great claims, there’s really no beating Ronaldo. Once again, even if you’re not a United fan, you can’t seem to argue with Giggs.
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