Last year, yoga-loving Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs told everyone, “The yoga has definitely helped me. It helps me train every day because it gives me the flexibility and the strength not only to play the game but to train as well.” We know, of course, that the 39-year-old Welsh footballer just can’t stop talking about yoga even a decade after starting his practice. He loves it so much he’s released his own ‘Giggs Fitness’ DVDs incorporating yoga poses to help maintain flexibility and prevent injury.
Last year Ryan Giggs set his hopes on playing 1,000 games for Manchester United before retiring, but kept his yogi cool. He told the Guardian UK,
“Of course, playing 900 games for United is special but I don’t look too far into the future, I just try to enjoy the moment and to do my best. If that is another 10 games then so be it, and if it is another 100 games then that would be great.”
This year, on March 5, 2013, Giggs crossed the historic mark in the Champions League match against Real Madrid making his 1000th career appearance. To understand what a big deal this is and why Ryan Giggs is being called the greatest Manchester United player ever and is probably the coolest footballer/soccer player yogi outside of the US Womens Soccer Team, this handy infographic.
Congrats, sir! Yoga, wussy. Our asana.