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I think those two are the best wingers in the world for the past ten years easily. I know one plays left and the other right, usually, but it's still not too hard to compare them.

Who do you think is/has been better of these two?
 

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And you don't think that Giggs is?
I've rarely seen a player being able to control the ball so precisely at such speed.
 

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Giggs is far better. Ive watched figo and quite frankly ive seen him go off the boil and play crap at times (eg world cup 2002). Giggs on the other hand runs like a nutter and can dribble a bill with the best of them something you dont see in a british plater.
 

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Equal to me.If i had to choose one i would go for Figo because of his great skills,organizing abilities and long distance shots.

Of course,as said Giggs dribbling while running make him one of the best British players the last years.
 

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I go for Giggs.
At their peaks they're pretty much the same, maybe Figo slightly superior, but Giggs is more consistent, he's always been the same for Manutd.
Too bad he's prone to injuries.
 
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I go for Giggs.
At their peaks they're pretty much the same, maybe Figo slightly superior, but Giggs is more consistent, he's always been the same for Manutd.
Too bad he's prone to injuries.
Giggs, he actually can stay on his feet for more than 2 seconds and is not a ballhog.
 

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Giggs EASILY. Undoubtedly a modern day great in the this ultra-professional age. Not so much skill and all that because Figo is pretty gifted, but just what he means to Manchester :)
 

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Its Figo. If there's room for only one of these two to represent a World XI, there is no way you can look beyond Figo. In-fact, not only between these two players, if you're looking for one winger from the last 10 years or so, Figo is IT.

Giggs at his best is quite frightening, and he dribbles great for a British player. So ? The fact that he's a British dribbler makes him superior to Figo ?:confused: Figo is quite possibly the most complte player in the world when he is at his best, yes, THE most complete player. He can play any position in midfield except for defensive midfield, he's a great dribbler ( no less a great dribbler than Giggs, its just that Giggs is a dribbler in a league where nobody can dribble makes him stand out ), he has vision, he was quite pacy at his best, he's got more range to his passes and more accuracy in his crosses, he's better at dead-balls, he scores more goals ( even discounting penalties), he's more inspirational, got more leadership qualities, and can carry his team better in the sense that while they are both matchwinners, Figo has the ability to be the guy who gets most of the ball in his team and control the play, to be the central point of his team's attack.
 

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By the way, Figo is one of those players who are always in the running for FIFA WPOY ( which I admit is quite crappy ) and also the European Footballer of The Year award ( which I must say is quite a good one ). He's even won a few times. ;) There is a special calibre of player who wins these awards more than once, and is consistently in the running and Figo is in that class.

And please don't anybody blame it on him being some sort of darling. He's quite possibly the least-loved man in football outside of his fanclub and the Portuguese or Real Madrid fans. Neutrals absolutely hate him.

He's also won 5 championship medals in Spain alone. I know Giggs ahs won 8 at United, but not too many players win 5 league titles in a foreign league with two different teams. I suspect he won a few with Sporting Lisbon as well ? He's also been much more successful with his national team, although I admit Giggs is surrounded by crap at Wales.

Seriously though, despite the fact that Giggs is a great player, its almost a no-contest for me. Figo all the way.

He's not at his peak nowadays, but neither is Giggs. Possibly, neither is anymore the best at his specialist position. Over the length of their careers though, Figo is on a different level to Giggs. Never heard of Giggs figuring in a debate of 'who is the best footballer in the world' even amongst guys in a pub. Figo was for a number of years a part of such debates.
 

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i think giggs has great pace and good control. but i think he is very one sided. i have never seen him use his right foot. but he is ok at set pieces, not great, but he has his times.

figo to me has more skill. he isnt as fast, but he definately has two feet. he is more powerful and can create more. he is more versitile in that he can play on either wing or even behind the forwards and he would still dominate. better at set pieces as well.

i think the two have been the best in their respective positions over the past decade. however, i would prefer Figo in my team.
 

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Giggs used his right foot last night for his lovely goal.Anyway, for me Giggs, no contest.Superior and more effective player to Figo, simple.
 

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Giggs used his right foot last night for his lovely goal.
Yes, what a goal by Giggsy. :happy:

Giggs has played on the right a few times for United when Fergie embarks on his moments of madness, he should certainly stay on the left. Since watching Fletcher play on the flank is like clubbing yourself on the head with a sledgehammer twenty times, Giggs on the left and Ronaldo on the right is how I would like to see us play next season (provided that we don't sell him :groan: ).

Giggs is getting on a bit, he hasn't had a very good season so far but on his day he still has the magic in his feet. He hasn't been very consistent lately though. :(

Figo is better at set pieces and is more versatile overall, but if you ask me who I'd like to have in the team there's absolutely no two ways about it - definitely Ryan Giggs. :star: :cool:
 

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Figo at his best was better than Giggs, but Giggs have been consistantly better than Figo troughout his career. higher average so to say. That is my opinion on the matter. Giggs is also a bit more effective than Figo as he goes for goal.
 

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Originally posted by King of the Kop
Superior and more effective player to Figo, simple
Not quite so simple. More efffective, what do you base that on ? Figo has led his league in assists 3 times in his career, he's always scored vital goals, and though there are no stats for this, always been superb at keeping possession as well. And he scored a goal with his right foot yesterday,..what does that one time prove ?:rollani:

Its really silly to me, this debate. They're just different class of players.

Firenze, almost everyone here agrees, even the Giggs backers, that Figo is a more versatile player, and you come in here and say he can't do half the things Giggs can. Pathetic to say the least.:rollani:

JKris, Figo has slightly dropped off his peak over the last two seasons only. Giggs has not exactly been sensational in this period as well. And as you quite rightly pointed out, at his best, he was far more superior to Giggs. Far more.
 

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Its really silly to me, this debate. They're just different class of players.
Ok, let's see...
1) Different class of players meaning what? Of course all players are different, but I don't think it's that hard to compare two players that have had pretty much the same role for their whole carreers.
2) If you find the debate so "silly", why are you participating? You've made three posts already.
 

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This reminds me of the guy who said Figo can't be compared to Giuly because he is "of" a different "elite". That really just makes no sense.

but yeah, I also think Figo at his best was better than Giggs..
 

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Its not silly in the sense that they shouldn't be compared. As far as topics for debate go, its very good. Comparing two of the best wingers in the last decade.

But just how it is taking place is silly. Points like 'Giggs is a superb dribbler for a British player', 'Figo can never do what Giggs can', 'Giggs all the way', with no effective justification, this is waht I'm talking about.

!bob, it does make sense really. Figo belongs in the class of the Zidanes, Rivaldos, etc of the last so many years. Players who have helped their teams dominate some of the biggest, toughest competitions in the world, who have played brilliantly for their NTs, who are consistently year in year out one of the top 5 players in the world. Giuly doesn't fall in that category, but I think that debate you're talking about with Fee-go was based on current form, and I admit that the elitist argument should not have stood there.

As for Giggs, he is a brilliant player no doubt. I am giving him all his due. Unfortunately, not quite in the class of a Figo, or a Zidane, or a Rivaldo ( remember I'm talking about the last many years ). Those are the guys Figo will be compared with when history looks back on this generation's midfielders. Giggs will be a level below, alongside the likes of Rui Costa, Nedved, etc. In that level, I believe he would be the best, just like at the top level, Zidane would be the best.
 
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