Ryan Giggs has revealed that the only time he ever cried on a football pitch was after Manchester United completed a unique and unprecedented treble.
Part of the Class of ’92, Giggs’ emotions at full-time at the Nou Camp as Man United won the final part of an historic achievement must have been overwhelming. The Reds had beaten Tottenham Hotspur to win the Premier League less than two weeks before, had triumphed over Newcastle United in the FA Cup Final to make it a double.
But the crowning moment was the greatest comeback of all time as Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer both netted as substitutes in added time to flip the score for United against Bayern Munich.
“The best moment I’ve ever had on a football pitch was when that final whistle went at the Nou Camp and I actually did cry,” Giggs revealed in a recent Q&A session.
“It’s the only time I have cried on a football pitch because the emotions just took over.”
Though that’s an obvious moment to pick out, Giggs struggled to choose a ‘best’ moment in the United dressing room during his decades in there.
“No one particular game comes to my mind, it was just the big wins, the Champions League wins, where we came in and were all celebrating, or a couple of last-minute goals to win the game,” he said.
“That was when the changing room was really buzzing, that was when everyone was enjoying it.
“And then the flipside, the ones when you got a dressing down, got a telling off from the manager, they’re the ones that really stick in my mind a lot more than actually celebrating.
“But we had some great times, because you do when you win a big game. You can’t wait to get back in the dressing room and celebrate with the lads.”
Giggs wasn’t alone in crying after *that* moment at Solskjaer. Many tales have been told of fans at the game, watching in pubs or on the TV at home, in England and across the world, reacting in a similar way when Solskjaer put the ball in the German’s net.