Ryan Giggs, one of the most decorated players in English football history, will lead the Team GB out onto the field tonight for a match with Senegal, the team’s first Olympics event.
But aside from raising the banner for his team, Giggs is fueled by a personal quest – one that will hopefully fill a rather frustrating gap in his trophy cabinet.
Giggs has so far collected quite a range of recognitions, including 12 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, and 2 Champions League winner’s medals in his Manchester United career.
What the 38-year-old footballer from Wales is missing, however, is a gold medal from the Olympics.
“As a footballer, you don’t start out in your career hoping to win the Olympics. You want to win the leagues, FA Cups, and European Cups,” which this particular footballer has already won. Thus, it’s only natural for him to be gunning for something more.
“To get the chance to play in a tournament at such a late stage of my career is obviously one I’m excited about and looking forward to,” Giggs said of the Olympics Games.
He says that if he wins an Olympic gold this year, he will place it ‘up there’ with his European medals.
Giggs will be leading Team GB with the full support of his boss in Manchester United, Alex Ferguson. Alex, who has not been so keen to have Giggs play in other gigs in the past, seems to consider the Olympics as enough reason to make an exception. “Right from the start he was very supportive, which was great,” Giggs said.
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