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There have always seemed to be flashier, more media savvy players that get most of the accolades at Old Trafford, but there's never been a bigger winner than Ryan Giggs. Although he's beloved by the United faithful, he has often played in the shadows of Cantona, Keane, and Beckham, and now Rooney and Ronaldo. Since the day he stepped on the pitch for Man U the skinny Welsh kid has been my favorite player. It probably had to do with him being the first professional athlete that was about my age at first, but once he began to run the field delivering precision crosses and scoring goals it became about his play. As his career draws closer to the end, the numbers pile up -- over 700 apperances, over 100 goals, nearly 300 assists -- the one that stands out the most is the nine Premier League championships. Although sad for Gary Neville, it was fitting that Giggs got to captain the side against Manchester City and West Ham due to Neville's injury as the team captured and celebrated this year's title. The previous eight he won saw Cantona & Keane get the plaudits. Although Ronaldo rightfully won the player of the year awards, much of the recognition for leadership went to Neville, Scholes and Giggs. On Saturday, Giggs retired from the Welsh national team. In true Giggs' fashion he was the man of the match. Although the decision was a hard one, as I'm sure he would've loved to have gotten to play in the World Cup or European Championship for the first time, Giggsy made the choice for the benefit of Manchester United. With him not needing to captain Wales he can, like Scholes with his retirement from England, devote more time to the Red Devils. It was with mixed feelings that I saw the addition of Nani last week. He's the long-term replacement for Giggs and it seems like Giggs will have one more run next year as a starter for the team if Nani lives up to the hype. I hope he does for the team's sake, but I can't help but wish that Giggs holds him off another few years. Giggsy stretching his career to 20 years (and a few more trophys -- like say the one with the big ears) at Old Trafford would be a fitting end to this great career.

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