Ryan Giggs Reveals The Only Time He's Cried On A Football Pitch
Perhaps given the amount of trophies and big matches he won during his career, Ryan Giggs became so accustomed to success that he was never the type of player who you would expect to see bawling into the turf upon winning a Premier League title.
However, the Manchester United legend did once shed tears on a football pitch and, let's face it, if there's one match where that was acceptable, it was this one.
Giggs revealed during a recent Q&A session, when he was asked about what his best moment on a football pitch was, that winning the Champions League for the first time, against Bayern Munich in 1999 and thus completing a historic treble, that that night in Barcelona was the solitary time he has cried in his career.
"The best moment I've ever had on a football pitch was when that final whistle went at the Nou Camp and I actually did cry.
"It's the only time I have cried on a football pitch because the emotions just took over.
That famous night in Catalonia, in May 1999, was the only match that reduced Giggs to tears, after he helped Manchester United conquer Europe for the first time since 1968. Images: PA
"No one particular game comes to my mind, it was just the big wins, the Champions League wins, where we came in and were all celebrating, or a couple of last-minute goals to win the game.
"That was when the changing room was really buzzing, that was when everyone was enjoying it.
"And then the flipside, the ones when you got a dressing down, got a telling off from the manager, they're the ones that really stick in my mind a lot more than actually celebrating.
"But we had some great times, because you do when you win a big game. You can't wait to get back in the dressing room and celebrate with the lads."
Giggs would go onto win a second Champions League, in 2008, when United beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow. Altogether, the Welsh winger accumulated 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups during his 24 seasons at Old Trafford. He made 963 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 168 times.
(H/T 101 Great Goals)
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