Ryan Giggs wins Golden Foot 2011 award
Monte Carlo: Manchester United`s Ryan Giggs has won the Golden Foot award for 2011.
Prince Albert II of Monaco presented the trophy to the midfielder after he came out highest in the record number of votes cast on the competition`s website.
The 37-year-old will have a permanent mould of his feet put on Monte Carlo’s ‘champions promenade’, which includes some of the biggest names in footballing history such as Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane and Alfredo Di Stefano.
Giggs paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson after being presented with the award, and also failed to rule out retirement at the end of the season.
“He`s [Ferguson] hard but fair. He demands a lot from his players as he does from himself," said Giggs at the ceremony.
"He is the best manager and it`s great to have had him there throughout my career.”
“It`s a great honour to win such an award and to have my footprints alongside some of the greatest football players is a real privilege.”
"I have been fortunate to play alongside great players, play for the greatest manager and play for the best club in the world.”
“At the moment I am still enjoying my football so I have not thought about what I will do when I finish, but if it all finished tomorrow I could say that I have had a fantastic career and wouldn`t swap it with anybody."
Giggs beat former team-mate David Beckham to the prize as well as fellow nominees Gianluigi Buffon, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto`o, Iker Casillas, Javier Zanetti and Carles Puyol.