Updated: Monday, 10th December 2018 @ 4:16pm

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter left 'amazed' by 'exceptional' Ryan Giggs as veteran winger prepares for 1,000th game

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter left 'amazed' by 'exceptional' Ryan Giggs as veteran winger prepares for 1,000th game

By Chris Bailey

FIFA President Sepp Blatter believes ‘exceptional’ one-club Manchester United man Ryan Giggs is an example for others to follow as the Welshman clocks his 1000th game against Norwich today.

It will be a weekend of celebration for Giggs after signing a fresh one-year contract with United, guaranteeing he will be playing for the Red Devils into his 40s.

And Blatter – who is in Edinburgh ahead of the International Football Association Board’s annual meeting – is left amazed by the 39-year-old’s dedication to one team.

“I think it is amazing, exceptional,” Blatter told Sky Sports.  “It is really something that I as a football man have difficulty in believing.

“Not just to play 1,000 matches, but that most of them have been for Manchester United.

“This is great – you should play for a club with all your heart and not go from one to another.”

Giggs has played 931 games for United, complimented by a 16-year international career and four appearances in Team GB’s colours at London 2012.

The midfield maestro never graced a major international tournament after retiring from Wales duty in 2007 – but Blatter believes playing Olympic football was a fitting tribute.

“I think the Olympic Games were a kind of reward from the Great Britain selection committee,” explained Blatter.

“It is like a smaller World Cup. I think it was great for him to have done it.

“But I can only say congratulations Ryan – you are great, you are really great.

“I can only bow and play compliments, and I hope you not only enjoy your game but also your life.”

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