18. February 2009 12:09
We're delighted to announce that we've completed our fourth signing session with FIFA World Player Of The Year Cristiano Ronaldo.
Icons has been working with Cristiano since May 2005 and it is only because of our close relationship with him that he continues to work with us, and no other memorabilia companies, in official signing sessions.
Cristiano invited us into his home for this session and after a lunch of squid followed by pasta we got down to work.
Cristiano signed a range of shirts for us including Manchester United home shirts with both Premiership and Champions League numbering, and a very limited edition of the blue away shirts with badges marking the 40th anniversary of the European Cup win over Benfica at Wembley.
Also now available are a range of signed photographs; lifting the Premiership, lifting the Champions League trophy, and with arm aloft after scoring the goal that put Man Utd 1-0 up against Chelsea on that incredible night in Moscow.
Another real favourite of the icons team is the photo we've called The Unstoppable Free-Kick, which shows Cristiano striking one of his trademark dead-balls. Signed in silver pen, these are going to sell out faster than, well, faster than a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick.
15. January 2009 12:08
Ryan Giggs completed another signing session for us on Tuesday in Manchester. Ryan was in fine form after his man-of-the-match performance against Chelsea at the weekend. As always, Ryan had time to stop and chat to his fans before getting down to business.
Ryan, who has been working with icons since 1999, signed a number of shirts, boots and photos for us, which will be available for sale shortly. Look out for the blue away kit with the special badge commemorating the European Cup win over Benfica 40 years ago, when of course, United wore the same colours. Only 10 of these were signed, making this a very rare piece of sports memorabilia. Ring our order line now if you want to reserve one of these for yourself.
Ryan also signed a number of photos of his amazing solo goal in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal. This classic image always flies off the shelves – there's something about the way he waltzed through the Gunners' famous back five before revealing the hairiest chest in football that Utd fans love – and for the first time it is available in a larger size of 20 inches by 16 inches.
12. January 2009 12:07
Great to see Ryan Giggs putting in a man-of-the-match performance against Chelsea yesterday. The 35-year-old was making his 549th appearance for Manchester United and is set to reach the 550-mark if he plays against Wigan on Wednesday.
Ryan has agreed to meet us for another signing session tomorrow, where as well as more memorabilia from the 2008 Champions League victory, he will be signing some rare blue kits with badges commemorating the 40th anniversary of United's first European Cup win over Benfica. Only ten will be signed, so be quick off the mark to get yourself a genuinely rare item of memorabilia.
Sir Alex Ferguson was effusive in his praise for Ryan after the 3-0 victory. He told MUTV: "Ryan was fantastic. I kept him particularly for this game, I rested him. I told him two weeks ago he and Darren Fletcher would play against Chelsea.
"I thought this game was made for them, given Ryan's ability to hold the ball and beat a man in midfield with that left foot. Ballack couldn't live with him really. It could have been a mistake – it's very easy to make a mistake when you've got a squad of 23 players. Genuine mistakes of course because you want to pick a team that wins and the supporters understand that. But today it worked and I'm glad it did."