Ryan Giggs has revealed that winning the Club World Cup was the proudest moment of his time as a player with Manchester United.
Giggs won 34 trophies during his 24-year spell in the United first team as a player, before becoming current assistant manager to Louis van Gaal.
Among the Welshman’s trophy haul was the 1999 Intercontinental Cup, as well as it’s successor, the Club World Cup, in 2008.
And while the winger won 13 Premier Leagues, two Champions Leagues, and even nine illustrious Charity Shields during his time at Old Trafford, Giggs values the victories in 1999 and 2008 above any other.
“I think Rio Ferdinand has gone on record to say that it’s the proudest success he has ever had because of what we had to do to win it,” he told Fifa’s official website.
“I would definitely second that. It’s a massive achievement.
“After we beat Liga de Quito in 2008, I could take it in a lot more than the 1999 Intercontinental Cup. In many ways, you could compare it to the joy I felt after winning the Champions League for the second time.
“I got a lot out of seeing the euphoria of the other players. There was a bigger realisation of what we achieved. It was an unbelievable feeling.
He added: “The Club World Cup doesn’t get the recognition or exposure it deserves. Because of the qualification involved and the fact that you have to beat another continental champion in the final, arguably it’s the hardest trophy of them all to win.
“In an era when the Champions League and the Premier League are so big, they’re the priority, so there’s no way in England that it gets that recognition.
“And because no one from England is in this competition for five or six years at a time, the exposure perhaps isn’t as great.”