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Gallery: Ryan Giggs wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

What’s this!? A professional footballer winning a public vote, over a heavyweight boxing world champion and an F1 world champ. I didn’t see that coming.

Generally, the British public prefers any sportsmen to footballers. But, as Gary Lineker pointed out last night, Ryan Giggs is a transcendent figure, liked by people who don’t even like football. His SPotY win was a shock – to Giggs himself , above all – but a welcome shock. For all of the bad stuff in football today, it’s great that a world-class model pro like Giggs gets this acclaim, even if it’s more of a lifetime achievement gong than based on his efforst in 2009 alone.

Fabio Capello won the Coach of the Year award for his admirable work in charge of England. The prize he wants is in 2010, but this will do for now.

Gallery of Giggsy and F-Cap at the awards:


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Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2009, Ryan Giggs.

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By Ollie Irish on December 14th, 2009 in Man Utd, Photos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

One Response to “Gallery: Ryan Giggs wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year”

  1. Tinez says:

    He might, perhaps, the most admirable footballer in the premiership today, but winning a title you’ve won 10 out of 17 and getting (very strangely considering the number of games he played) the PFA player of the year award to amount to having the greatest year in sport of his life. He should get the lifetime achievement though, any day. The only Man United player I can stand.

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