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Fergie hails Giggs century
20 Feb 2008 - 07:20:28
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed veteran winger Ryan Giggs, who will make the 100th Champions League appearance of his career against Lyon.
The 34-year-old former Wales international will reach a notable landmark against the French champions, having racked up 526 appearances in total for the Red Devils.
Ferguson told reporters: "There are only a few players who have reached that milestone. That is because of Ryan's ability, his longevity and how he prepares, you just have to look at his lifestyle.
"He is obviously at a successful club as well and for me he has been an absolute model in his time with us. Even at 34 we expect big things from him.
"We do not play him in every game but that is natural for someone of his age, but he will play on Wednesday. It will be a great occasion for Ryan and we are all proud of him.
"I wanted to be in this type of competition, playing against the best teams in the world. Footballers with real vision think the same way.
"They have a real purpose in life and want to play in the biggest tournaments. Ryan has reserved his best performances for the big occasions.
"When players are asked to be challenged in a big way, it is in European football.
"It can only be because the right type of players are playing on that stage and Ryan has produced many great moments."