19/05/2014 15:32,

The Giggs story: Longevity

Ryan Giggs' brilliance explained from five unique, insightful perspectives...

Gary Neville | Rio Ferdinand | Tony Strudwick | Phil Neville | Sam Johnstone

The story of a phenomenon - longevity, by Gary Neville

What Ryan Giggs has achieved will go down in the history of sport, not just football. He's a fantastic sportsman and will be mentioned whenever great sportspeople are talked about. He has defied logic in a changing environment when it comes to the physical aspects of football and has adapted his game through the decades.

To play in the position he has for so long is incredible. A goalkeeper, full-back, centre-back, maybe a midfielder could do it, but for a winger to play until they're 40 is almost unheard of. You're into the Stanley Matthews bracket. Matthews played into his 50s, but this is a different era. For Ryan to do what he has done is the equivalent of Matthews' achievements. Ryan Giggs is a phenomenon of the sport.

What has driven him on is his inner desire to continue his love for playing football. He has the physique to move with the times and the inner strength and a great physical capacity. This club is a big factor too. It's a special place and if he'd been at any other club it may not have happened.

A big thing about Ryan is that he has retained his humility. He hasn't changed. He's still the same as he was when I first met him. He doesn't speak nearly as much as me, but he's become a real leader and always has a big impact in the dressing room. His appetite for the game and hard work every day means others look up to him and learn.


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