Denis Law unveils a statue of himself in Aberdeen alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, as legendary manager labels the former Manchester United star as the ‘greatest Scots player of all time’
- Denis Law described the statue unveiling as an ‘unbelievable moment’
- The statue in Aberdeen features him pointing to the sky with the word ‘legend’
- Sir Alex Ferguson stated how Law ‘epitomises a Scotsman’ and showed ‘courage’
Manchester United and Scotland legend Denis Law has unveiled a bronze statue of himself in Aberdeen.
Sharing a stage with Sir Alex Ferguson and Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett, Law said: ‘It means everything to me.
‘Thank you today to the Aberdeen City Council and the Denis Law Legacy Trust for this unbelievable moment.’
Scotland and Manchester United legend Denis Law unveiled a status of himself along with Sir Alex Ferguson in Aberdeen on Thursday
The unveiling took place in front of those closest to Law including the former Man Utd boss
Law, named affectionately The King, unveiled the statue, featuring his finger pointing to the heavens and dedicated with the single word ‘Legend’.
Sir Alex said: ‘I think this statue definitely captures him – the only thing is I don’t see him wiping his sweater on his nose.
‘It is an honour for me to speak by this wonderful statue in the city of Aberdeen.
‘I think Denis epitomises a Scotsman, he showed fantastic courage at 15 years of age, to go down to Huddersfield, as a young kid, not many have the courage to do that type of thing.
‘He had the chance to be a great player, he took the chance and his career was incredible. He was a fantastic player. He was the greatest Scots player of all time, no question.’
Law admitted the statue unveiling in front of family and friends was beyond his wildest dreams
Law was a star player for Manchester United throughout the majority of the 1960s
Law added: ‘The city and people of Aberdeen have always meant so much to me and this is truly a great honour.
‘To be joined by so many of my family and friends, including Sir Alex, just makes it all the more special.
‘I would like to thank them all for joining me today and also to Aberdeen City Council and Denis Law Legacy Trust for this fantastic tribute which goes way beyond my wildest dreams.’
The statue with an overall height of 4.7 metres and the bronze of 2.7 metres is sited at the gable end of Provost Skene’s House, which recently reopened as a new visitor attraction after the city council’s £3.8 million renovation.
It was sculpted by Alan Herriot, who was also commissioned by the council to create the statue of King Robert the Bruce outside nearby Marischal College.
Aged just 15, Law moved to Huddersfield from Scotland to start his professional career in 1955
Law was also a hero for Scotland and played for his national side at the 1974 World Cup finals
Law, 81, was born and raised in the Printfield area of Aberdeen.
The former European footballer of the year and Scotland’s only winner of a Ballon d’Or went to Powis Academy, before moving to England to play for Huddersfield.
Mr Crockett said: ‘The people of Aberdeen hold Denis Law very close to their hearts and this statue represents appreciation of a local lad done good.
‘Denis is a remarkable man, not only for his outstanding achievements on the football pitch for clubs and country, but for the fantastic charity work he has done over the decades especially through the Denis Law Legacy Trust.
‘Located in the heart of the city centre I am sure thousands of people – young and older – will come and take a photo alongside this magnificent statue of The Legend that is Denis Law.’
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