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OBE honour for United hero Giggs
Ryan Giggs collects his OBE from the Queen
Giggs made his Old Trafford debut aged 17

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has collected an OBE from the Queen for services to football.

The 34-year-old Cardiff-born former Wales captain, who made his Old Trafford debut at 17, collected the award at Buckingham Palace.

Giggs, who was given the day off to attend the ceremony by club boss Sir Alex Ferguson, said: "It is a very proud day for me and my family."

He was among a number of sports people honoured in the Queen's Birthday List.

The father-of-two, who has clocked up more than 700 appearances for United, said that Sir Alex had given him some advice prior to the ceremony.

"He had been down a couple of times before and just said enjoy it.

"I'm lucky to play for such a great club for such a long time and have a successful career," he added.

Among the other sports stars receiving awards was Kris Radlinski, formerly captain of Wigan Warriors, who was made an MBE for his services to Rugby League.

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