Not until after a few days ago when I read that Raul wanted to swap shirt with Ryan at Veltins-Arena UCL semi final only I realised Ryan Giggs is fancied by so many people. Raul is like the prince for Real Madrid his whole life, he’s like the prodigy of all prodigies, and for him to make such statement – I as die hard Giggs’ fan beaming proudly:)
Although Ryan was awarded PFA Young Player of the Year Award for two consecutive years (1992 & 93), I realised he is not as famous as other EPL & Man U players such as Beckham & CRonaldo. Throughout the seasons, he’s more like a best man rather than the groom. But I do adore him. He just have that ‘good boy but sportman’ charisma vibes. I have posters of him in my locker back in high school and even put his surname as my last name hahaha…Of course poster beckham pun ada hehe…but Giggs has always be no.1 in my heart amongst the Fergie Fledglings (the youth team recruited by Fergie that leads to various victories needless to mention here).
Media coined the term Fergie Fledglings as it mimics Busby Babes team, the famous youthful MU team assembled by Sir Matt Busby. Honestly I don’t know a lot about Busby Babes as that was a very long time ago, before I heart football. My time (the time when we sneaked into tv room coz it was already past bed time in boarding school) – it was already Fergie Fledglings moments. Giggs, Beckham, Scholes, Nevilles brothers, and Nicky Butt.
[Sangat comel hehe….]
Now after almost 17 years, again I sneaked out quietly of bedroom, so that my 2 years old still breasfteeding son will not awake….switch on the tv to watch UCL semi final – and there he is…Giggs still on the pitch. The last Fergie Fledgings standing, energetic as ever:)
It’s amazing at the age of 37 years old (for football player that is extra-old already), he can still play full 90 minutes on the pitch (tolong laa aku skang baru lari baper langkah dah tak larat…). Not only he played, he scored and assisted important goals from time to time without failed. Latest being last week score against Schalke 04 -making him the oldest player to score in UCL (previously it was Inzaghi).
Yet, now I still adore him for many other reasons; mainly his humility, discipline, and commitment. He is never self-centered (like some footballers!), rather he always say the winning is all about the squad, not individuals. Further, despite being in EPL his whole life that was fulled with gossips, he was never involved in one, but rather led a quiet moderate life.
[No hope of seeing hubby and kid wearing matching MAN U jersey like above…huhu]
Flashback to year 1987, Giggs played in a match for Salford Boys against a United Under-15s side and scored a hat trick, with Fergie watching from his office window. Later during Giggs’s 14th birthday, Fergie turned up at his house with United scout Joe Brown and offered him two years on associate schoolboy forms, waive his youth scheme forms, and offering the opportunity to turn professional in three years.
Nevertheless Giggs said the things he most remembered at that time was when Fergie said that all the coaches there can help him with football matters, but if he ever needed anything outside football, the door was always open. Fergie knew little things like his mom and dad’s names and his parents splitting up; which made him want to play for him and sign for United.
As promised, Giggs turned professional on 29 November 1990 (his 17th birthday) and made his League debut against Everton at Old Trafford 2 March 1991. I’m glad Fergie knocked on Giggs door on his birthday 24 years ago. Coz if not, I firmly believe Man United won’t be as glory without Giggs. Simply legendary.
Oh yeah…and they did swap jersey. Two greatest footballers of all time:)
*Source: Google search/Wikipedia