Kieran Spring for the Nilsen Report
Twitter – @KieranSpring
Yes, help you’ve read that correctly. The iron man of English football has signed a one year contract extension at Manchester United. To draw comparison, he is essentially the Brett Favre of football – literally. It appears the 38 year old is not ready to hang up his boots just quite yet. Next year will mark the Welshman’s 22nd season at Old Trafford which is simply incredible. At this rate you wonder if Ryan Giggs will ever stop playing football. Even when he hangs up his boots we won’t be too sure if they’ll stay that way after Paul Scholes came out of retirement last month in a shock return to the United squad. Either way I think it’s great for the Premier League and all of football to see Giggs continue doing what he does best, playing football.
Probably the greatest footballer not to set foot in a World Cup, Giggs has perhaps the most impressive resume of any footballer. The Welshman has spent his entire professional career at Manchester United racking up an impressive 898 appearances for the Red Devils. He holds the record for the most English Premier League appearances at 589. He is the only player to have appeared in all 20 seasons of the Premier League. He is also the only player to score in all 20 seasons of the Premier League. He’s the all time Premier League leader in assists and he’s also scored a handful of goals in his time. That’s only some of his personal accomplishments. His club accomplishments are even more impressive. Giggs has been a part of some of the best squads the Premier League and world football has ever seen. With Manchester United he’s won 12 Premier League titles, 4 FA cups, 3 league cups, 2 Champions Leagues, one Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup. Not a bad trophy case if you ask me.
Even if I’m by no means a United supporter I must admit it’s nice to see Giggs sign on for another year. As a football fan you can’t not be happy for Ryan Giggs. He’s a top class player and a top figure for English football. He may not have the pace he once had but that terrific left foot of his is still there and can still do some real damage.