Ryan Giggs and estranged wife Stacey spotted on awkward family holiday in the Algarve

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    He embarked on a high-profile split from wife Stacey in April.  

    And it appeared the atmosphere still hadn’t defrosted, as they were spotted on an awkward family holiday in the Algarve last week with their children Zachary and Liberty.

    The 42-year-old Welsh football coach cut a lonely figure on a sunlounger placed at the opposite end of the pool to his estranged wife’s at the £500-a-night Conrad Hotel in Quinta do Lago.

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    Awkward! Ryan Giggs and estranged wife Stacey were spotted on a family holiday in Algarve last week with children Zachary and Liberty

    Stacey, 37, and their children arrived arrived three days before the football star, reportedly keeping firmly separate schedules during the trip.

    According to The Sun, Ryan – who was still wearing his wedding ring – would breakfast alone or with his son every morning, while Stacey spent her time with her female friend and their children.

    A source told the paper: ‘Stacey has confided in her closest friends that she is divorcing Ryan on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour.

    Cold shoulder: The 42-year-old Welsh football coach cut a lonely figure on a sunlounger placed at the opposite end of the pool to his wife's at the £500-a-night Conrad Hotel in Quinta do Lago

    Cold shoulder: The 42-year-old Welsh football coach cut a lonely figure on a sunlounger placed at the opposite end of the pool to his wife’s at the £500-a-night Conrad Hotel in Quinta do Lago

    ‘She has no idea why he keeps wearing his wedding ring – she thinks he’s trying to play mind games with the media.’

    And speaking about the holiday, which Ryan departed from before his family, the source added: ‘They love their children more than anything but the tensions between Ryan and Stacey were very obvious, it appeared they wanted to keep their distance from each other.

    ‘When they were around the pool they weren’t lying side by side on the sun loungers – they were always apart.’

    It's all over: Stacey, after standing by Ryan through endless infidelity rumours, finally called it quits on their 15 year marriage after he reportedly flirted with waitresses in their home town

    It’s all over: Stacey, after standing by Ryan through endless infidelity rumours, finally called it quits on their 15 year marriage after he reportedly flirted with waitresses in their home town

    Stacey finally called it quits on her 15 year marriage to the footballer after his reportedly flirty behaviour with a waitress at a restaurant in their home town Worsley, Manchester, was the last straw.

    She had previously stood firmly by Ryan after endless infidelity rumours since their 2007 wedding, including highly-publicised affairs with his sister-in-law Natasha Giggs and Imogen Thomas – the affair which he spent £150,000 on to keep quiet.

    The couple originally managed to work through his commitment issues, until the events earlier this year.

    Stacey has reportedly marked the end of her marriage to footballer husband by getting a new tattoo reading ‘Free’ emblazoned on her skin last week.

    Happier times: The couple have two children together and are said to have managed to work through his commitment issues, until the flirtatious event a few months ago

    Happier times: The couple have two children together and are said to have managed to work through his commitment issues, until the flirtatious event a few months ago

    Only worsening his reputation as a serial ladies man, television personality Katie Price recently claimed that she too was the recipient of the footballer’s attention during his relationship with Stacey.

    The glamour model described Giggs as ‘charming’ and ‘intense’ when she recalled their encounter on Loose Women.

    She said: ‘Years ago I met Ryan, and I felt like he was flirting with me. But it was a different kind of flirting, he was very quiet, charming, but intense.’ 

    The battle begins: Ryan is now facing one of the largest sporting divorce payouts in British history, as experts say Stacey (pictured above) may be entitled to half his £40million fortune

    The battle begins: Ryan is now facing one of the largest sporting divorce payouts in British history, as experts say Stacey (pictured above) may be entitled to half his £40million fortune

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