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Name Ryan Giggs
Gender Male
Ethnic Welsh
Job Welsh Footballer
  Wales Manager
Desc 13 titles. 672 Premier League appearances. 114 goals. Another player who adapted his game as he grew older, proving his class across multiple roles. First he was the wiry winger, beating statuesque defends with his mazy footwork and turn of pace. Then, as the years ticked by and the shock of black hair grew steadily shorter, he moved into the middle, dominating matches with his composure and outstanding passing range

Affiliation

Org Welsh National Team
Club as Player Manchester United
Owner Salford City

Affiliation

Teammate David Beckham
  Paul Scholes
  Roy Keane
  Phil Neville
  Gary Neville

Notes

Salford City Gary Neville, along with his brother Phil, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes is a co-owner of Salford City

2009 07 10 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs name Diego Maradona as his heroes] That goal he scored against England – not that Hand of God goal – was absolutely amazing

2014 04 26 Retrieve

[Giggs states at his media briefing after given the role on an interim basis] Sir Alex Ferguson was the first person I picked the phone up to

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs on Thierry Henry] As a football fan I enjoy watching Thierry Henry, and some of the goals he scored last year were frightening. He’s one of those player where you know what he’s going to do but you just can’t stop it. He’s so quick, so strong and so confident. It feels like every game he’s going to score a goal

2017 07 22 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs talks about an important figure in his life during the early days of his playing career] My first Sunday League team manager was a man called Dennis Schofield, who was a milkman. He was on the way home from his milk round, stopped off, seen me playing football for my primary school, watched me play, approached my mum, and said ‘I understand you’re the mum of Ryan, does he play for a team?’
No, he doesn’t
‘Can he come down for a game on Sunday?
‘Yeah he’d love to’, then my mum introduced me to Dennis, picked me up, went to the game, dropped me off, and he did that for the next two-three years, looked after me, and someone that still works to this day at Deans [Youth and Ladies FC]
He very often volunteers, not getting paid, and just my best mate, I met that Sunday. My best mate to this day, so it’s not only learning about football, you’re meeting friends as well

2017 08 12 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs tells that Zinedine Zidane was the best player he faced] You couldn’t get the ball off him, he was massive. He was physically strong, obviously technically good, mentality good, he was the best surprise I’ve ever had on a football pitch. Actually, I wasn’t on the football pitch, I was lining up to play against him against Juventus and I just stood next to him and he was just massive, you see him on the television and you just thought he wasn’t that big. He wasn’t an overly physical player but he used his body in the right way and you couldn’t get the ball off him

2017 09 16 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs speaks about the impact that the FIFA U-17 World Cup] In EURO 2016 my country, Wales, had never been to a major championship for 60 years and they got to the semi-final and the impact it had on Wales as a country was huge not only for the next couple of months, but actually a generation. So, you have a generation watching Wales in a major championship, exciting the whole family and you will remember that forever. So, if India get it right with the U-17 World Cup, then it will last for a long time, which can only be good for football in India

2017 12 23 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs tells he tried to get Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to sign Kylian Mbappe and Gabriel Jesus during his time as assistant coach] I watched Gabriel Jesus play three years ago. I watched Mbappe for a year. I was watching them with the scout and it was a no-brainer. It was just like, ‘Get them’. It would have been £5 million or something – get them, loan them back – and that’s where the recruitment could have been better

2018 01 20 Retrieve

[New Wales manager Ryan Giggs speaks at his opening press conference] I am so proud to have been given the honour of managing the national team. The challenges we have ahead with the Nations League and qualification for Euro 2020 excite me a great deal. I can’t wait to start working with the players as we prepare for those crucial games later in the year

2019 03 16 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs tells that Cristiano Ronaldo still has six years left in the tank] He is no longer the player that he was when he was at 19, 20 but he has adapted his game. He went from a winger, who used to beat people, make goals, score goals to now really just an out-and-out goalscorer, and he scores every type of goal, headers, goals in the six-yard box, free-kicks and every type of goal. He is also the best professional I have played with. The way he looked after himself, not only in training but also away from the pitch. The way that he eats, the way that he conducts himself. So, I’m not surprised that he is still playing and still at the top of his game. Ronaldo, if you look at him, he still looks after himself. So, if he still has that hunger, that desire and enjoying it like I said, he can still go until 40 I think

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs talks about Eric Cantona] I think he knows how fast the full back can run too and often when Eric gets the ball you can’t conceive that a pass is on, but you have to make the run and get ahead of the defender because, just as it looks as if he’s lost it, he’ll pop it through his marker’s legs and out to you