Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension, a deal that will continue his career at Old Trafford for his 21st season. This comes as no surprise as the 37 year-old Welshman had already indicated that he would like to return for another year. Giggs has been in fine form as of late, and he's still one of the indispensable creative attacking forces as the disposal of manager Sir Alex Ferguson. During the legend's glorious career, he has made a club record 862 appearances and he's recently participated in his 600th Premier League match. In Giggs' trophy-laden career, he's won 11 Premier League titles, 2 European Championships, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, a Club World Cup, and an Intercontinental Cup.
From the team website manutd.com, Fergie was quoted as saying about Giggs: "You run out of words to describe Ryan Giggs. He is a marvelous player and a wonderful man. To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level in such a physically demanding position at his age requires a special person. He is still turning in man of the match performances and his experience is so vital for the younger players in the squad."
Giggs said: "All I've ever wanted to do is play for United and I've been lucky enough to do that for 20 years. It's great to know I'm still contributing to the team's success and I feel I've got a lot to offer on and off the pitch. This is an exciting time to be involved with so many good young players coming through."
I recently watched some old footage of a United match in 1995, and it was thrilling to see a young Giggs slalom through defenders. It's still a privilege to watch him now at age 37 use his guile, trickery, and class to still beat world-class defenders and ignite the United attack nearly 16 years later.
Paul Scholes... your turn to sign on the dotted line now please.