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short of his 41st birthday. Going further back, there have been odd instances of over-50s turning out, with Sir Stanley Matthews being the most obvious example. Giggs feels it is stretching it a bit to believe that feat could be emulated. However
Previous winners of the Golden Ball, awarded to the European player of the year by France Football magazine: 1956- Stanley Matthews , Blackpool 1957-Alfredo Di Stefano, Real Madrid 1958-Raymond Kopa, Real Madrid 1959-Alfredo Di Stefano
Winners of the Golden Ball, awarded to the European Footballer of the Year by France Football magazine: 1956- Stanley Matthews , Blackpool 1957-Alfredo Di Stefano, Real Madrid 1958-Raymond Kopa, Real Madrid 1959-Alfredo Di Stefano
they know exactly what the home team is going to do. However, a common description of the likes of Garrincha and Stanley Matthews was that you knew exactly what they were going to do, but you still couldn't stop it. More often than not, thanks
the Arsenal striker has won the award, making him the first player ever to do so. Only six other players - Sir Stanley Matthews , Sir Tom Finney, Danny Blanchflower, Kenny Dalglish, John Barnes and Gary Lineker - have ever won it twice
of the Year awards. Later this month, the Football Writers will have their say, in an honor first bestowed upon Stanley Matthews in 1948. In London on Sunday, meanwhile, a new "Footballers' Footballer of the Year" will be crowned. Since