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Sir Alex Ferguson hails 'incredible' Ryan Giggs

Full award programme: Tuesday, 8 December, BBC ONE Wales, 2235-2335 GMT

Sir Alex Ferguson gives Ryan Giggs the BBC Cymru Wales Sports award

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said Ryan Giggs was one of Manchester United's greatest players of all time after presenting him with a BBC Wales award.

"He's an incredible player, one of United's all-time best," said Ferguson.

The Wales legend, 36, was named as the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2009 on Monday.

"It's very special, I've been fortunate enough to win it before, but to get it again at the age of 36 is something quite unexpected," said Giggs.

"You have to keep that hunger and desire going more than anything - and I'm enjoying it more than ever.

Above all it is about the way [Ryan] has lived his life

Sir Alex Ferguson

"You savour and enjoy your football more as you get towards the end [of your career]."

Ferguson, who signed Giggs as a teenager, said that the player's longevity was a credit to the Cardiff-born star.

"Several things give you longevity [as a player]," Ferguson told BBC Sport Wales.

"The physical aspect helps, Ryan is thin and wiry and has never had a weight problem.

"But above all it is about the way he has lived his life.

"Some players get to their 30s and their focus goes to different things.

"But Ryan has kept his focus on playing football. The quality he brings even at 36 is incredible."

Former Wales striker John Hartson added: "Ryan's a special man, a credit to himself and his family.

"With everything he's done in the game, he's still showing the attitude and desire to keep going so congratulations to Ryan."

see also
Giggs secures BBC Wales accolade
07 Dec 09 |  Wales
Profile: Becky Brewerton
30 Nov 09 |  Wales
Profile: Nathan Cleverly
30 Nov 09 |  Wales
Profile: Louise Rickard
30 Nov 09 |  Wales
Profile: Jamie Roberts
30 Nov 09 |  Wales
Profile: Geraint Thomas
30 Nov 09 |  Wales
Ferguson heaps praise on Giggs
30 Sep 09 |  Football
Giggs earns prestigious PFA award
26 Apr 09 |  Football
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