With Manchester United’s new 18-year-old wonderkid Adnan Januzaj bagging a career boosting brace at the weekend and also Liverpool’s 16-year-old academy starlet Harry Wilson receiving a call up to the senior Wales international side this week, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that football is no longer exclusively considered a man’s game.
Nowadays, it is quite easy to overlook those dedicated over 30-something’s who don’t necessarily receive the aplomb that their teenage counterparts receive with every swing of a right boot and every drop of a shoulder.
We’re talking about the likes of West Ham United’s Kevin Nolan, Tottenham Hotspur’s Brad Friedel and Sunderland’s John O’Shea – those fierce battlers who have dedicated their lives to football and served the game with such distinction down the years.
One particular Premier League old timer who has received glittering praise in recent times if of course Manchester United’s 39-year-old player/coach Ryan Giggs who recently became the all-time leading appearance holder in the Champions League by coming on from the bench during the Red Devils’ recent 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Dontesk in the Ukraine.
Appearing 145 times in the elite European competition, Giggs has been a shining example to aspiring footballers not only in Wales and in the UK, but the wider world.
Having also racked up 663 Premier League appearances for the Old Trafford side, there really are few other examples worldwide of a player dedicating his entire career to one club while also achieving so much success at the same time.
It’s quite clearly the case that nearly 40-years-old, Ryan Giggs has still got it.
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