Friday November 13 2020
Clegg: ‘Giggs the best athlete before Ronaldo’

Former Manchester United coach Mick Clegg claims Ryan Giggs was the best athlete before Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘CR7 can play until he is 41.’

Clegg served as the Red Devils’ strength and fitness coach during the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

“Before Ronaldo, the best athlete in terms of work on his body was Ryan Giggs,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He was the strongest, the most attentive to details. If Giggs played at United until he was 40, Ronaldo can play till he is 41.

“Cristiano was the only one able to go beyond the high standards of Giggs,” he added.

The Juventus and Portugal striker became the fourth-best scorer in the history of football with a goal against Andorra on Wednesday and now he is only 59 goals off the all-time best scorer Josef Bican.

“He will score more goals than Becan,” Clegg said.

“Ronaldo will change his way of playing, maybe his role too, as it happened with Giggs. He’s going to stay close to the top because he’s obsessed with being the best ever.

“He trains a lot, he takes care of recovery and sleep, he has a cook, he knows how to avoid stress.

“He is attentive to details, this is the secret even if  an injury can always arrive, it is not 100% predictable.”