Stung by criticism from the media that his performances this season have been 'anonymous' and 'lacking commitment', Manchester United's free-scoring star Ryan Giggs has launched a fierce counter-attack today.
"I can't believe that people haven't appreciated my efforts this season," he lamented. "I've slogged my heart out all year, and what do we hear about it? Nothing at all. It's almost as if there was something stopping everyone from finding out how well I've been performing - I can't say what it could be. Imagine my frustration!"
Gaggs, 37, known affectionately by his team-mates as "Cross The Ball", has all the more reason to feel aggrieved at his virtual disappearance from the public eye given that unlike many footballers he does not constantly crave publicity. Not for him the shameless wooing of micro-blogging websites, he is well-known to prefer relaxing discretely at home with family, particularly his big brother, and enjoying listening to Barbara Streisand, who is known to affect him deeply.
Critics point out that even the most brilliant career can be ruined by a single disastrous own-goal.
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