Former Chelsea winger admits it was wrong to compare him with United legend Ryan Giggs

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Former Chelsea star Gabriele Ambrosetti has revealed he was not so cool with him being compared to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs in 1999.

Then Chelsea Manager Gianluca Vialli managed called Ambrosetti the “Italian Ryan Giggs”.

Speaking to The Athletic about the incident, the 46-year-old explained: “I said, ‘Thank you, but Giggs? He is different to me!’

“Luca explained he did it to help me, to give me motivation. But I didn’t need motivation. I was 26 and at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“To compare Gabriele Ambrosetti with Ryan Giggs is one of the biggest mistakes someone can do.

“I’m not saying I wasn’t a good player, but Ryan Giggs is an icon. The position we played was similar, but that’s it.

“Were we similar in other ways? No chance! I wasn’t the only one. I have never seen another player like him.”

He went on to add: “Ryan was a great player and special to me. I was really surprised he never won a Ballon d’Or.

“Giggs is like George Best. He was one of the best players in the world. In his position, he was the best ever. No discussion.

“If you were to pick an all-time world XI, Giggs would be in it in the same way as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

“Luca’s comments didn’t help me. They put a lot of pressure on me. Every mistake I made at Chelsea, people would say, ‘Oh no, Giggs wouldn’t do that’.

“Look, Luca trusted me but you can’t compare Giggs with anyone else back then or even now. I was under pressure all the time.

“The crowd had high expectations of me but they had expectations I was never going to be able to meet for sure,” he concluded.