Man Utd legend Giggs: Winning gold medal as good as Champions League

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is excited leading Team GB at the Olympics.

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is excited leading Team GB at the Olympics.

Giggs retired from international football in 2007 with 64 caps for Wales, having never played in a European Championship or World Cup finals.

Asked where an Olympic medal would rank among all the medals he has won with United, Giggs told the Sunday Mirror: “Right at the top. Up there, I don’t like to prioritise medals because every single one means something special.

“Of course, this would be different because you never thought you’d be competing in an Olympics, so to win a gold medal would be special.

“Not playing in a major tournament would have been a missing piece in my career, had I not had this chance, no doubt. My career for my ­country has been the total opposite to my club career – I’ve been so successful with United but not so with Wales.

“I would always watch the other lads, especially those I grew up with, Becks, Butty, Nev, Scholesy, go away to international tournaments and I would wish that I could do the same.

“Unfortunately, I never got the chance. But now I’ve got the chance and even in the first few days ­together I’ve seen things that I haven’t seen in my career. It’s been an eye-opener and really enjoyable as well."

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