Il gallese ha debuttato il 2 marzo 1991: sarà la 23sima stagione in prima squadra
Ryan Giggs ha rinnovato il contratto con il Manchester United fino al 30 giugno 2014: il primo lo aveva firmato nel 1990, debuttando in prima squadra il 2 marzo 1991, già allora con Alex Ferguson in panchina, quando alcuni dei suoi compagni di squadra non erano ancora nati. Il 29 novembre compirà 40 anni, sarà la sua 23esima stagione con la prima squadra: 931 presenze, 168 gol, 12 scudetti, quattro FA Cup, 3 coppe di Lega, due Champions League, una Supercoppa Europea, un’Intercontinentale e un Mondiale per Club. Considerando la nazionale gallese, ha superato le 1000 gare ufficiali in carriera, traguardo tagliato da soli 15 giocatori (primo Peter Shilton, Javier Zanetti quinto, e primo tra quelli in attività, Paolo Maldini nono e unico italiano). “Sono entusiasta di questo rinnovo – ha dichiarato il giocatore – ringrazio Alex Ferguson, il suo staff, e David Gill (chief esecutive del club, ndr) per tutto il supporto in questi anni“.
Il comunicato ufficiale del club (in inglese)
Giggs, the most decorated football player this country has ever seen, signed professional forms with United in 1990 and made his debut on 2 March 1991. Since then, he has made a club-record 931 appearances, scoring 168 goals. He has won 12 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two UEFA Champions Leagues, one Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup.
Sir Alex Ferguson said: “What can I say about Ryan that hasn’t already been said? He is a marvellous player and an exceptional human being. Ryan is an example to us all, the way in which he has, and continues to, look after himself.
“He has fantastic energy for the game and it is wonderful to see. Ryan seems to reach a new milestone every week and to think that he now has 23 unbroken years of league goals behind him is truly amazing in the modern-day game. His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever and I am absolutely delighted that he has signed a new contract.”
Ryan Giggs said: “I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team. This is an exciting team to be part of, with great team spirit, and we are again pushing for trophies as we head towards the business end of the season.
“I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I would like to thank Sir Alex and the coaching staff and I would also like to thank David Gill who has been a tremendous support over my many years here.”