Ryan Giggs Named PFA Player of the Year
Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has been crowned Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year for the first time in a career pre-dating the inception of the Premier League.
The 35-year-old Welshman fended off competition from United team-mates Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo and Edwin Van Der Sar as well as Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard to scoop the award after being voted number one by fellow professional footballers across the league.
Despite winning a host of major honours with United – including ten Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions League trophies – and being named PFA Young Player of the Year twice in the formative years of his illustrious career, the prestigious award was one that had eluded the veteran winger until now.
“It’s right up there with my personal accolades,” said Giggs on receiving the award. “It’s the best to have as it’s voted by your fellow players. I’ve been fortunate enough to win a lot of trophies, but this is the big one.”
Aston Villa and England midfielder Ashley Young, meanwhile, was presented with the PFA Young Player of the Year Award ahead of team-mate Gabriel Agbonlahor, Manchester United duo Jonny Evans and Rafael Da Silva, Manchester City’s Stephen Ireland and Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon.
Both Giggs and Young were also named in the midfield four of the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year, with the former being joined by no fewer than five of his fellow United colleagues.