Ryan Giggs is the most decorated player in English football history and a genuine Manchester United legend.
The Wales international won 34 trophies during his 23-year career at Old Trafford before hanging up his boots, at the age of 40, following the 2013-14 campaign.
With 13 Premier League winners’ medals to his name - plus two Champions League titles and four FA Cups - Giggs would be forgiven if he revealed he didn’t have a single regret about his illustrious career. However, it turns out there is one thing he looks back on with a slight sense of disappointment.
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“The only thing that frustrates me sometimes is that my son never really got to see me play. So, as far as he’s concerned, I just played for United for a few years and that was that," Giggs told the Telegraph.
"Forget me – Neymar is his favourite player, then [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi. So – and this is something I have never done – I have to big myself up.
“I have to say to him, ‘I used to be quicker than Messi’. He’s like, ‘No you didn’t, I’m quicker than you’. He just can’t get his head around it. I find myself saying, ‘Here’s daddy on TV, here’s one of his goals, watch this’. He just wanders out of the room!”
Giggs was world-class at his peak
Give it a few more years and young Zach, aged nine, will realise precisely how good a player his dad was.
Giggs earned comparisons with the great George Best when he burst onto the scene in the early 1990s but nobody could have predicted, at that time, what he would go on to achieve at Old Trafford.
Blessed with searing pace, magnificent technique and a left foot to die for, Giggs was unquestionably one of the world’s best players at his peak.
Giggs’ pace was his main weapon during the 1990s, but it’s testament to the Welshman’s footballing intelligence and professionalism that he was able to extend his career until his early 40s.
Giggs hoping to become the next Man Utd boss
Remodelling himself as a central midfielder during the latter years of his career, Giggs was able to play a key role for the Red Devils up until the summer of 2014, when he retired in order to become Louis van Gaal’s assistant.
Giggs is now hoping to become Manchester United’s next permanent manager - he took charge of four matches after David Moyes was sacked in April 2014 - but faces stiff competition from the unemployed Jose Mourinho.
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