UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United's Ryan Giggs Weathers the Storm
Manchester United's Ryan Giggs is a rarity in the footballing world—or the realm of any professional sport, for that matter—the 37-year-old has managed to spend his entire professional career on the same club.
And a damn good one, at that.
When typically footballers resist overtures from bigger, richer clubs or simply get impatient for a change of scenery due to a lack of silverware, Giggs has been a steadying force on the left wing under Alex Ferguson.
Instead, the perpetually steady Giggs, has been trying to remain calm on the eve of his fourth Champions League Final as a member of the Red Devils while he struggles to keep the media from blowing the lid (entirely) off of an apparent affair Giggs was having with Imogen Thomas.
Giggs' attention has been apparently focused on fighting social website Twitter for identifying Giggs as filing a "superinjunction" with the courts to keep his name out of the press for his involvement in the matter.
In spite of Giggs' focus being on trying to keep his name clean as opposed to solely trying to figure out how to penetrate Barcelona's defense or a pivotal midfield battle with the likes of Xavi and Andres Inesta, United legend Ryan Stiles believes that Giggs will be perfectly fine when he takes the pitch at Wembley on Saturday.
“I'm sure Fergie can pick Giggs with the greatest confidence,” says Stiles.
“He's known him for 20 years, he knows what's inside him — and he knows what he can ask of him.
“Yes, it has been a difficult time these last few days, but Ryan will be asked to do only something that he has been trained to do over all these years. Would you want his talent and experience in a game like Saturday's? Yes. Can you believe he can handle the pressure of his situation? Yes.”
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