Ryan Giggs Named Premier League Era's Greatest Player

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Ryan Giggs

Manchester United won top honors in the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards, and midfielder Ryan Giggs was recently named the Premiership League era's greatest player. Alex Ferguson was named greatest manager. The Premier League 20 Seasons Awards honored the best teams, players and managers over the past two decades of competition in the world's most renowned soccer league.

Giggs, the most decorated player in English football, beat competition from the likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes—despite Man U's just missing its 13th league title. Giggs recently told Sky Sports , "It's disappointing not to win the title, but I have enjoyed the 20 seasons. That's why I'm still playing, I enjoy it more than ever. I will go on as long as I'm still enjoying it and I'm getting picked."

In his illustrious career, Giggs has earned:

  • 12 League titles
  • 4 FA Cup winner's medals
  • 2 Champions League triumphs
  • 909 Man U appearances
  • 163 Man U goals

In such a long career—rare for any pro sport—Giggs has only played for one club at the senior level. He joined Manchester United in 1991. Since then, he has gone on to win accolades both on and off the pitch. He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was also elected to both the Premier League Team and the FA Cup Team of the Century.

Ferguson has won as many league titles as Giggs while managing the most dominant team of the past 20 years. He beat out Arsenal's Arsene Wenger, former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, Tottenham's Harry Redknapp and David Moyes of Everton for the manager's award. The 70-year-old Scot's career is as illustrious as Giggs's; and although rival Manchester City won the Premiership this year, Ferguson can take solace in having led a team whose achievements will probably never be matched.

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