Ryan Giggs ‘was the strongest’ player at Manchester United until Cristiano Ronaldo came along, claims club’s ex-fitness coach as he backs Juventus star to play until 41 and BEAT all-time scoring record
- Cristiano Ronaldo moved within seven goals of a new record on Thursday night
- He’s closing-in on Iranian Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals in international football
- The star came on as a substitute and scored as Portugal thrashed Andorra 7-0
- Ronaldo wants to extend his career beyond his 30’s and bag even more records
- Ex-Man United coach Mick Clegg says only CR7 can match Ryan Giggs’ longevity
The 35-year-old forward is determined to play at the highest level for another five years, with his notoriously regimented lifestyle keeping him in incredible shape.
Giggs retired in 2014 after 672 games for the Old Trafford side, with the winger’s discipline the key to extending his career after making his debut back in 1991.
Cristiano Ronaldo is plotting to stay at the highest level until he is at least 40-years-old
Ryan Giggs, who played alongside the forward at Manchester United, played until he was 40
Former United fitness coach Mick Clegg believes only Ronaldo can surpass Giggs’ longevity
Clegg worked as a fitness coach under Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, leaving him well-placed to predict how long Ronaldo will continue terrorising defences.
‘Before Ronaldo, the best athlete in terms of work on his body was Ryan Giggs,’ Clegg told Gazzetta dello Sport.
‘He was the strongest, the most attentive to details. If Giggs played at United until he was 40, Ronaldo can play till he is 41.
‘Cristiano was the only one able to go beyond the high standards of Giggs.’
The Juventus stars has his eyes on a few incredible records as he nears the end of his career
The Juventus forward came on after half-time in Portugal’s friendly with Andorra on Thursday, heading in the sixth goal in a 7-0 rout to bag his 102nd goal for his nation.
Only Iranian Ali Daei (109) boasts a better tally in international football, while CR7 also equalled Hungarian icon Ferenc Puscas in the all-time scoring charts with the 746th goal of his career – leaving just Josef Bican, Romario and Pele ahead.
‘He will score more goals than Becan,’ Clegg added.
‘Ronaldo will change his way of playing, maybe his role too, as it happened with Giggs. He’s going to stay close to the top because he’s obsessed with being the best ever.
‘He trains a lot, he takes care of recovery and sleep, he has a cook, he knows how to avoid stress.
‘He is attentive to details, this is the secret even if an injury can always arrive, it is not 100% predictable.’