Manchester United traveled to Germany to take on Bayer Leverkusen and got a big win in Champions League group play. Midfielder Ryan Giggs, who turns 40 on Friday, played in the game. That led to a conversation speculating about when he would retire, and he said when the time comes he would know.
“People asking me about retirement is not new and you just get used to it. I understand that. It is part and parcel of getting older,” Giggs said, via Manchester Evening News. “There is an ageism thing in sport but I just take it as a challenge. I will know myself when it is time”
“I remember someone saying that Moscow in 2008 would have been the ideal time to retire. They were not saying it in a nasty way but they were just suggesting it would have been a perfect time to go.
“That was five years ago. I would have missed out on two further Champions League finals as well as winning three league titles. I like to think I have contributed in those great times since.”
Giggs made his 953rd appearance for United. Giggs also said that he didn’t even consider retiring back in 2008.
“No chance,” he added. “I didn’t even think about it to be truthful. Nobody had ever won the Champions League twice in succession and with the team we had, we could quite easily have done it. We did get to the next final but Barcelona beat us but that challenge was there and it keeps you going.
“There is always a challenge. There is always something to keep you going.”