Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Salford today.

The 33-year-old midfielder who grew up in Swinton, was made a Master of Arts for his contribution to sport and his unstinting charity work.

Since his childhood playing football for Salford Boys, Ryan has amassed ten FA Premier League winners' medals, four FA Cup winner's medals, two League Cup winner's medals and two Champions League winner's medals.

He has also beaten Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 758 appearances for Manchester United, achieved on 11 May when he scored one of the two goals which secured this year's Premier League Title.

As an ambassador for UNICEF, he regularly campaigns for children in South Africa who have been made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2007 for his services to football.

Ryan said: "I'm really pleased to accept this degree. When I started my career as a professional footballer I didn't envisage that one day I'd be made Master of Arts.

"I grew up in Salford and it's been a big part of my life for 30 years, so it's great to be a part of Salford University now."

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, Professor Michael Harloe said: "We are delighted to present this degree to Ryan.

"It is not only his great achievements on the pitch for which he deserves recognition, but for his valuable charity work with developing countries."