Giggs shocked to join legends club

Giggs, the most decorated player in English football history with a

record 11th Premier League winners’ medal, beat Formula One

champion and bookies favourite Jenson Button to the 2009 award,

while world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis finished third. The

36-year-old Manchester United winger said: “The names of genuine

legends of world sport are on this trophy. I never dreamed I would

win it. “I was honestly surprised just to be on the list of

nominees. “I have been lucky enough to win a lot of things in my

career, playing with great players and under the greatest manager

that ever lived, and playing for the greatest club. “This is up

there with all of that. I grew up watching this TV programme and to

see all the people who have won it and to be up there with them,

it’s unbelievable.” Giggs is the first footballer to win the award

since David Beckham in 2001, and the Welshman is to hold

discussions with manager Sir Alex Ferguson about a new contract

when his current deal expires at the end of the season. “I might

have to put this trophy on the table – if I’m struggling!” added

Giggs. “It was the first I had heard of it the other day so I was

quite pleased. “My contract ends at the end of the year but

hopefully there will be another year after that.” Giggs gained

29.4% of a public vote on the night – 151,842 people voted for him.

The other votes were: Button 96,770; Ennis 80,469; cyclist Mark

Cavendish 55,960; gymnast Beth Tweddle 38,907; world diving

champion Tom Daley 36,929; tennis star Andy Murray 19,936; England

cricket captain Andrew Strauss 17,237; world heavyweight boxing

champion David Haye 13,916; world triple jump champion Phillips

Idowu 4,507.