Ryan Giggs has revealed that he only cried once on the pitch as a professional footballer – but when he did it was because he had just attained the highlight of his career.
The Wales winger spent 24 years as a professional at Manchester United as a player before retiring in 2014 and became an icon of the club, winning 13 Premier League titles and four FA Cups.
But it was when United won the Champions League in 1999 by defeating Bayern Munich 2-1 in Barcelona that he was overcome.
“The best moment I’ve ever had on a football pitch was when that final whistle went at the Nou Camp and I actually did cry,” he explained in a Q&A session.
“It’s the only time I have cried on a football pitch because the emotions just took over.”
Despite the numerous successes he enjoyed as a player, Giggs, 43, struggled to pick out one outstanding moment in the dressing room.
He added: “No one particular game comes to my mind, it was just the big wins, the Champions League wins, where we came in and were all celebrating, or a couple of last-minute goals to win the game.
“That was when the changing room was really buzzing, that was when everyone was enjoying it. And then the flipside, the ones when you got a dressing down, got a telling off from the manager, they’re the ones that really stick in my mind a lot more than actually celebrating.
“But we had some great times, because you do when you win a big game. You can’t wait to get back in the dressing room and celebrate with the lads.”