While tributes and condolences have been pouring in from all corners of the world for the victims of the Colombia Air Crash tragedy that saw the tragic death of Brazilian Chapecoense team, Arsenal player Gabriel too showed his concern and support for the victims.
“I ask for strength for this team that enchanted Brazilian football, a group that five years ago was in the fourth division and surprised everyone. We only have good memories to keep in our hearts from this team and the friends I made through football.”
An emotional Gabriel’s advice to everyone was: “Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today”. Gabriel wished the families of the victims had strength and hoped can comfort their hearts.
This goal was so good, Manchester United fans have a song dedicated to it. Latching on to a tired pass from Patrick Vieira, Giggs ran from inside his own half, beating five Arsenal players before sending a thunderous strike past Arsenal keeper David Seaman. United would go on to win the FA Cup and a historic Treble.
QPR 2-3 MANCHESTER UNITED – FEBRUARY 5, 1994
Stealing a wayward opposition pass, running a great length, leaving multiple defenders in his wake and slamming home an unstoppable strike; sound familiar? Five years before his goal against Arsenal, Giggs gave QPR a sneak preview. Rangers defenders were left embarrassed as Giggs completed his mazy run with a fine finish.
TOTTENHAM 1-2 MANCHESTER UNITED – SEPTEMBER 19, 1992
This is one from even earlier in the archives. Young Giggs was known for his pace and trickery, and both were on display in this goal against Spurs. Sprint, nutmeg, knock past the keeper, finish with aplomb from an acute angle – vintage Giggs.
MANCHESTER CITY 2-3 MANCHESTER UNITED – APRIL 6, 1996
Giggs will always have fond memories of the Manchester Derby, having opened his Manchester United account against the noisy neighbours when they were a lot quieter back in 1991. This goal from 1996 was among the best he’s scored. Receiving a pass from Eric Cantona, Giggs let fly with his left foot with an unstoppable shot which gave the keeper no chance.
MANCHESTER UNITED 3-2 JUVENTUS – OCTOBER 1, 1997
In a match featuring the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Alessandro Del Piero, and David Beckham, Giggs stole the show with this powerful strike to put Manchester United 3-1 up in the dying minutes. The Welsh wizard sprinted to latch-on to a through ball before putting a fantastic finish past Juventus skipper and keeper Angelo Peruzzi.
LEEDS 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED – APRIL 27, 1994
Manchester United vs Leeds was a fierce derby not so long ago, and Giggs had a ball against the Whites. The United winger led Leeds defenders on a merry dance with a neat jig and a burst of pace before playing a one-two with fellow Welshman, Mark Hughes. Sprinting on to the return pass, Giggs lifted the ball over the keeper.
MANCHESTER UNITED 1-2 CHELSEA – JANUARY 26, 2005
It’s 2005 and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea are in the ascendancy, but Giggs made sure Manchester United gave the Blues a tough fight in the second-leg of their Carling Cup semi-final. Giggs produced a sublime first-time flick from Gary Neville’s chipped cross to level the scores. Unfortunately for United, Chelsea would go on to win the game. Skip ahead to the 6:18 mark for Giggs’ goal.
JUVENTUS 0-3 MANCHESTER UNITED – FEBRUARY 25, 2003
One of Giggs’ favourite opponents and one of his favourite ways to score. Providing an encore to his famous goal against Arsenal, Giggs latched onto a wayward pass before running past two Juventus defenders and providing a smart finish with his weaker right foot past Gianliugi Buffon. Catch it at the 0:54 mark.
MANCHESTER UNITED 3-3 BARCELONA – SEPTEMBER 16, 1998
A Ryan Giggs header? Yup, he can do that too. Giggs’ amazing leap saw him get on the end of a trademark David Beckham cross before scoring with a superb header in a wild game against Barcelona. Giggs’ flying effort is at the 1:10 mark of the video.
TOTTENHAM 1-3 MANCHESTER UNITED – SEPTEMBER 12, 2009
Giggs’ time at United coincided with that of two of the world’s best free-kick takers, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. But he was no slouch himself. The winger took over this dead-ball situation despite the angle seemingly not suiting a left-footer. No matter: Giggs’ stunning free kick flew into Carlo Cudicini’s far corner.