Ryan Giggs appears to be just as much of a legend in Spain as he is in England.
Say what you like about the negative elements of Spanish football or Spanish fans but the one thing that is for sure is they know a legend when they see one.
Ryan Giggs replaced Shinji Kagawa during the match against Real Madrid last night and received a standing ovation when he came onto the pitch.
It would seem he’s considered an icon of the game in Spain, never having played club football in the country.
“It took me by surprise (the ovation). It was obviously very good - I'll have to play here more often!” said the Welshman after the match.
He has a lot of current Barcelona and Real Madrid players to thank for his reception, with several often commenting on him and Paul Scholes as icons of football and the perfect role models.
He’s 39-years-old and looks as fit as he’s ever been which suggests he may play on into his early 40s.
Either way it will be a massive loss to United when he does call it a day because of his skill, his consistency and his leadership.
He also holds the Manchester United record for most European appearances with a current total of 150.
Were you surprised at the ovation Giggs got in Spain?
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