Friday, November 27, 2020

Ryan Giggs backs ex-Manchester United teammate to continue breaking records at 40

, 35, became the first European male player to score 100 international goals during Portugal’s 2-0 Nations League win in Sweden on Tuesday.

The Juventus star’s double took him to 101 goals in 165 appearances for Portugal and within eight of equalling the international record of Iran’s Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals in 149 games.

“I think Cristiano will break that record,” said. “He’ll have to be at the right club obviously. I was at a top club and played until I was 40, and I can see him going on and playing until he’s 40 as well.”

“He looks after himself – he eats right, rests right, and lives for the game – and is the best professional I ever played with.”

He has now scored over 700 senior goals for clubs and country.

“I saw him at the start of his career and you could never foresee him going on to score this amount of goals,” said Wales manager Giggs, speaking at the relaunch of the McDonald’s Fun Football programme which will see the company provide over five million hours of free football to 5 to 11-year-olds by 2022.

“He was a talent and a brilliant player who excited you. Cristiano was always a student of the game, and just like me he always looking for that extra edge.

“He was always in the gym and had it in his mind how good he could be. He scored 40 goals in one season at United and since then what he’s done is remarkable.

“The numbers he’s banging out is incredible, it’s every type of goal.”

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