The Portuguese said: “He is one of the best players I have seen in my life and he is one of the few players who have a right to a place in the history of the game.
“You cannot be a special person in the world if you are a copy of something. You really become a star when, with your football, your art, your style, you create your own identity.
“So the best tribute we can pay to Ryan Giggs is not that he compares to George Best or anyone. It is to say that he won the right to be Ryan Giggs.”