Monday, December 14, 2009

Giggs the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Giggs claims BBC crown

Ryan Giggs has added yet another accolade to his already bulging collection after being crowned the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The midfielder beat off competition from a host of top sportsmen and women, including F1 champion Jenson Button and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis who came second and third respectively.

The Reds' record appearance-maker came out on top after winning the public vote becoming the first footballer to win the coveted award since former Red David Beckham in 2001.

Giggs was presented with his award by Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy and England cricket star Freddie Flintoff at a star-studded ceremony on Sunday night at Sheffield Arena. Ryan was visibly shocked during the presentation, but absolutely delighted by the honour.

"This is a big shock," admitted the 36-year-old. "I'd like to thank the BBC for putting on a brilliant night and everyone who voted for me.

"Honestly, this feels unbelievable. I've been lucky enough to win a lot of things in my career, playing with great players, playing for the greatest manager that's ever lived, and playing for the greatest club.

"I grew up watching the Sports Personality programme and to join the greats who have won it is unbelievable. A huge thank you again to everyone."

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