Ryan Giggs retires: Twitter reacts

Footballers past and present react to the new that Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has retired from playing.

Figures within the world of football have paid tribute to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs following his decision to retire from playing.

It was confirmed on Monday that the 40-year-old would be hanging up his boots at Old Trafford to take up the role as assistant manager to new United boss Louis van Gaal.

Giggs, who started playing professionally in 1990, finishes his career having won 34 major trophies.

Here, Sports Mole picks out a selection of tweets in praise of English football's most decorated player.

Former England striker Gary Lineker: "Ryan Giggs has retired from playing. One of the greats of his time. A very long time! Wonderful player, astonishing athlete and a winner."

Former Manchester United and Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham: "Amongst all the news from OT today it seems as though not much has been made of Ryan Giggs retiring. He has to be best ever united player."

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney: "Congratulations also to Ryan Giggs on a special career and becoming assistant manager, I'm sure he will do a great job."

Former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville: "Ryan Giggs a truly great footballer and Career. His title haul will never be beaten in England.."

Manchester United's midfielder Ryan Giggs controls the ball during a friendly football match between AIK and Manchester United on August 6, 2013
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