Manchester United’s evergreen Welsh wizard, Ryan Giggs has won the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009.
And he won it in some style coming in ahead of Jenson Button, the reigning Formula One world champion who came second, and Jessica Ennis, the world heptathlon champion, who came third.
After receiving the award Giggs said: “I’d just like to thank the BBC and everyone who voted for me. This is unbelievable. This is a shock – as you can tell by the speech I’ve prepared.
“I’ve been lucky enough to win many things in my career . I’ve played with some great players, the greatest manager who’s ever lived, and the greatest club in the world (I though that would get a few boos). But this is up there. I grew up watching this TV programme. To be up there is unbelievable.”
Giggs was given the award in recognition of an 11th premier league title with Manchester United, as well as a losing appearance in the Champions League final, against Barcelona.
He has made more appearances for the club than any other player, and holds the Premier League record for number of outfield appearances.