Giggs: Champions League? Premier League? No, Club World Cup my proudest success

Manchester United's assistant manager won the tournament in 2008 and says the competition doesn't get the respect it deserves

He won the Champions League twice and the Premier League 13 times as a player, but Ryan Giggs says the proudest success of his career was lifting the Club World Cup.

The former Manchester United winger, who is now assistant manager at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, won the tournament in 2008 after his side beat LDU Quito 1-0 in the final.

Giggs also lifted the Intercontinental Cup in 1999, a trophy which pitted the winners of the Champions League and Copa Libertadores against one another in a one-off match.


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United prevailed 1-0 in the final, with the Welshman named man-of-match, but he says his 2008 success is the most treasured of his vast trophy haul.

"I think Rio Ferdinand has gone on record to say that it’s the proudest success he has ever had because of what we had to do to win it," he told Fifa's official website.

"I would definitely second that. It's a massive achievement.

"After we beat Liga de Quito in 2008, I could take it in a lot more than the 1999 Intercontinental Cup. In many ways, you could compare it to the joy I felt after winning the Champions League for the second time.

"I got a lot out of seeing the euphoria of the other players. There was a bigger realisation of what we achieved. It was an unbelievable feeling.

He added: "The Club World Cup doesn’t get the recognition or exposure it deserves. Because of the qualification involved and the fact that you have to beat another continental champion in the final, arguably it’s the hardest trophy of them all to win.

"In an era when the Champions League and the Premier League are so big; they’re the priority, so there’s no way in England that it gets that recognition.

"And because no one from England is in this competition for five or six years at a time, the exposure perhaps isn’t as great."