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Hard work is key to my success, says Ryan Giggs

By Colin Francis

Former footballer Ryan Giggs has credited his success to working hard and urged graduands to keep doing the same as he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton.

Giggs, the most decorated player in English football history, won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues during his 24-year professional playing career, which was spent entirely with Manchester United and ended with his retirement this summer.

Speaking as he picked up his latest accolade, the 40-year-old – now United's assistant manager – said to the assembled audience also donning gowns at Bolton's Victoria Hall: "I'd like to congratulate all you graduands for your achievements.

"I was lucky enough to be blessed with a little bit of football talent, but what got me through over 20 years playing for Manchester United was hard work.

"So if I was going to give you one bit of advice, it would be – whatever field, whatever occupation you go into – that that is the main thing; work hard. And of course, try to enjoy it."

The former Wales midfielder added: "I would like to say just how proud I am to receive this."

Giggs was named honorary doctor of science for outstanding contribution to sport but admitted his mind was still on United's preparations for the next season, where he will be working alongside new manager Louis van Gaal.

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