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Giggs scoops top BBC honour
14 Dec 2009 - 08:45:04
Manchester United star Ryan Giggs is celebrating again after being named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Giggs, who was named the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year last season for the first time in his long and illustrious career, beat off competition from Formula One world champion Jenson Button and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis to win the award.
Speaking at the awards ceremony in Sheffield, the 36-year-old midfielder admitted he was surprised to win the honour but had no plans to hang up his boots.
Giggs, who won a record 11th Premier League winners' medal last season, is the first footballer to win the award since David Beckham in 2001.
"I grew up watching this programme. To see the people that have won it and to be here is unbelievable," said Giggs.
"It's unusual for a 36-year-old to be playing with a team like Manchester United for 20 years but I am enjoying it and long may it continue.
"Perhaps I've become more appreciated as I have got older."
Elsewhere, England's Ashes winning side was named the team of the year, Olympic diver Tom Daley the young sports personality of the year and England football coach Fabio Capello the manager of the year.
There was also a special lifetime achievement award for golfer Seve Ballesteros following his battle with brain cancer.