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Ryan Giggs
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Personal information
Full name Ryan Joseph Giggs
Date of birth 29 November 1973 (1973-11-29) (age 36)
Place of birth Canton, Cardiff, Wales
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 11
Youth career
1987–1990 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990– Manchester United 580 (105)
National team
1990 Wales U21 1 (0)
1991–2007[1] Wales 64 (12)
* .Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:37, 31 January 2010 (UTC).^ January 7th, 2010 at 7:21 pm .
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^ January 21, 2010 regain .
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^ January 7th, 2010 at 5:31 pm .
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† Appearances (Goals).
.Ryan Joseph Giggs OBE[2] (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973) is a Welsh footballer who has played for Manchester United for his entire professional career.^ Ryan Giggs in action for Manchester United .
  • Ryan Giggs Says Manchester United Will Bounce Back From Leeds Defeat | WORLD-TRACK GLOBAL SITE 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.world-track.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ However, Ryan Giggs has been the ultimate professional.

^ Ryan Joseph Giggs was in fact born Ryan Joseph Wilson.
  • Ryan Giggs - A Football Legend Profile 23 September 2009 3:24 UTC www.talkfootball.co.uk [Source type: General]

.He established himself as a left-winger during the 1990s and continued in this position well into the 2000s, but he has been increasingly used in a deeper playmaking role in his later years.^ Ryan Giggs established himself as a Midfielder Winger during the 1990s and continued in this position well into the 2000s, but more recently playing in a deeper playmaker role.
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^ "I looked at Eric Cantona when I first came into the team, saw how he looked after himself during the season.
  • Ryan Giggs is the Premier League player for all seasons - Telegraph 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ At this time, the 20-year-old Lee Sharpe was United's first choice left winger, having displaced Danny Wallace at the start of the season.
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.Giggs holds a host of football records, including that of being the most decorated player in English football history.^ In sticking around for the entirety of manager Alex Ferguson's reign, Giggs has become the most decorated player in English football history.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - USATODAY.com 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

^ He is the most decorated footballer in English history.
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^ Ryan giggs is the most successful genius in the history of football.
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.On 16 May 2009, he became the first footballer to collect 11 top division English league title medals.^ On 16 May 2009, Ryan Giggs became the first footballer to collect 11 top division English league title medals.
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^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Three titles in the last three seasons have taken Ryan’s haul of league winners’ medals to an English-record eleven – and few would bet against him reaching a dozen in 2010.
  • Ryan Giggs is Manchester United’s Player of the Decade | WORLD-TRACK GLOBAL SITE 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.world-track.org [Source type: News]

.Giggs was the first player in history to win two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards (1992 and 1993) and is the only player to have played and scored in every single season of the Premier League since its inception.^ Giggs's form in the years to come was impeccable, earning him two PFA Young Player of the Year awards and admirers world-wide.
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^ Its the player of the year award..
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^ At the end of the season, Ryan Giggs was voted PFA Young Player of the Year.
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.Giggs has had a long-lasting domestic and continental career and is the first player in UEFA Champions League history to have scored in 11 successive seasons, on top of being elected into the PFA Team of the Century in 2007,[3] the English Premier League Team of the Decade, in 2003, as well as the FA Cup Team of the Century.^ There is no denying Giggs has been the Premier League’s most consistent player over the last decade.
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^ Tags: FA Cup , Old Trafford , premier league , ryan giggs .

^ FA Premier League players .
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.Giggs is also the only United player to have played in all 11 Premier League winning teams and all three League Cup winning teams.^ FA Premier League players .
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^ Giggs is also the only United player to have played in all 11 Premier League winning teams and all three League Cup winning teams.
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^ Current FA Premier League players .
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.At the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, held on 21 May 2008, Giggs surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 758 appearances for Manchester United to become the club's all-time leader in appearances.^ Ryan Giggs in action for Manchester United .
  • Ryan Giggs Says Manchester United Will Bounce Back From Leeds Defeat | WORLD-TRACK GLOBAL SITE 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.world-track.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In May 2008 he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton to chalk up a club record of 759 appearances for Manchester United by playing in Champions League Final against Chelsea.
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^ Hope he breaks Bobby Charlton's record for maximum appearances for Man U. .
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[4]
.At international level, Giggs played for the Welsh national team prior to his retirement from international football on 2 June 2007, and was once the youngest player to ever represent his country.^ Afterwards, he plays football with a girls' team.
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^ GettyImages Ryan Giggs retired from playing for his country in 2007.
  • Ryan Giggs signals his intent to manage Wales team - ESPN Soccernet 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC soccernet.espn.go.com [Source type: Reference]

^ At international level, Giggs played for the Welsh national football team prior to Ryan Giggs retirement from international football on 2 June 2007, and was once the youngest player to ever represent Ryan Giggs country.
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.As well as the many honours Giggs has received within football such as being named in the Football League 100 Legends (the last active player in the list), he was appointed an OBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours List, and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005, for his services to English Football.^ He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his contribution to the English game.
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^ Giggs = Footballing legend .
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ As well as the many honours Giggs has received within football such as being named in the Football League 100 Legends, Ryan Giggs was appointed an OBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours List, and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005, for Ryan Giggs services to English Football.
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He was named as BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2009.[5]

Contents

Early years

.Ryan Joseph Wilson was born at St David's Hospital in Canton, Cardiff, Wales, to Danny Wilson, a rugby union player for Cardiff RFC, and Lynne Giggs (now Lynne Johnson).^ Giggs was born at Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust St David's Hospital in Canton, Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales, to Danny Wilson (rugby), a rugby union player for Cardiff RFC, and Lynne Giggs (now Lynne Johnson).
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^ Ryan Joseph Giggs (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973 in Cardiff ) is a Welsh football player.
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^ Ryan as a boy with his father Danny Wilson .
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.As a child, Giggs grew up in Ely, a suburb of western Cardiff, but spent much time with his mother's parents and playing football on the roads outside their house in Pentrebane.^ As a child, Giggs grew up in Ely, Cardiff, a suburb of western Cardiff, but spent much time with Ryan Giggs mother's parents and playing football on the roads outside their house in Pentrebane.
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^ Ryan Joseph Giggs OBE[2] (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973 in Canton, Cardiff) is a Welsh footballer who has played for Manchester United for the entirety of his club career to-date.
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^ Lawrie McMenemy, then-coach of the England national under-21 football team team, checked to see whether Giggs was eligible to play for England.
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.In 1980, when Giggs was six years old, his father switched rugby codes and signed for Swinton RLFC, forcing the whole family to move north to the Swinton area of Salford, Greater Manchester.^ In 1980, when Giggs was six years old, Ryan Giggs father switched rugby codes and signed for Swinton Lions, forcing the whole family to move north to Manchester.
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^ There has been nothing less than greatness expected of the prodigy Ryan Giggs since Manchester City, where he played until he was fourteen years old, gave up the chance to sign him.
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^ After that season, Giggs signed a two-year contract extension with Manchester United when chairman David Gill relented on his normal policy of not signing players over 30 to contracts longer than one year.
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.The move was a traumatic one, as Giggs was very close to his grandparents in Cardiff, but he would often return there with his family at weekends or on school holidays.^ The move was a traumatic one, as Giggs was very close to Ryan Giggs grandparents in Cardiff, but Ryan Giggs would often return there with Ryan Giggs family at weekends or on school holidays.
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^ I don’t think there is anyone who would argue that Giggs’ remarkable career warrants some form of recognition, but these presentations have been the wrong kind.
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^ Born in Cardiff, Giggs and his family moved to Manchester when he was seven, though with a thoroughly Welsh parentage and fiercely loyal to his home country, playing for England was never an option.
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.Giggs is mixed race – his paternal grandfather is from Sierra Leone – and has spoken of the racism he faced as a child.^ Giggs is mixed race — Ryan Giggs paternal grandfather is from Sierra Leone — and has spoken of the racism Ryan Giggs faced as a child.
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^ It's a little-known fact that Giggs is mixed race: his dad, Danny Wilson , a famous rugby player, Union in Wales then League in Manchester , is black.
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^ Yaguba Jalloh Sierra Leone I used to abbreviate my girl's name as Giggs only to prove that he is the best in whatever he does in football.
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[6]
.After moving to Manchester, Giggs appeared for the local team, Deans FC, who were coached by Manchester City scout Dennis Schofield.^ He is also reunited with the man who first spotted his potential, Dennis Schofield, a Manchester City scout who ran Dean’s Youth FC. .
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^ After moving to Manchester, Giggs appeared for the local team, Deans FC, who were coached by Manchester City F.C. scout Dennis Schofield.
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^ In Ryan Giggs first full start, Giggs was credited with Ryan Giggs first ever goal in a 1–0 win in the Manchester derby on 4 May 1991, though it appeared to be a Colin Hendry own goal.
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.His first game for Deans ended in a 9–0 defeat to Stretford Vics but, nevertheless, many people commented that Giggs had been the best player on the pitch that day.^ He is the best player in the game.
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^ Ryan Giggs first game for Deans ended in a 9–0 defeat to Stretford Vics, but, nevertheless, many people commented to Giggs that Ryan Giggs was the best player on the pitch that day.
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^ Giggs is a millionaire many times over and could easily have called it a day or taken his foot off the gas way back when.
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.Schofield recommended Giggs to Manchester City, and he was signed up to their School of Excellence.^ Giggs ended up signing with Manchester United.
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^ Schofield recommended Giggs to Manchester City, and Ryan Giggs was signed up to their School of Excellence.
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^ He is also reunited with the man who first spotted his potential, Dennis Schofield, a Manchester City scout who ran Dean’s Youth FC. .
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.Meanwhile, Giggs continued to play for Salford Boys, who went on to reach the final of the Granada Schools Cup competition at Anfield in 1987. Giggs captained the Salford team to victory over their Blackburn counterparts, and the trophy was presented to him by Liverpool chief scout Ron Yeats.^ Ryan Giggs playing for Salford Schoolboys in 1988 at Anfield.

^ Meanwhile, Giggs continued to play for Salford Boys, who went on to reach the final of the Granada Schools Cup competition at Anfield in 1987.
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^ Giggs captained the Salford team to victory over their Blackburn counterparts, and the trophy was presented to Ryan Giggs by Liverpool F.C. chief scout Ron Yeats.
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.Yeats was impressed by Giggs's performance, and would have recommended him to Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, had Giggs not already been picked up by Manchester United.^ Giggs ended up signing with Manchester United.
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^ Giggs promises Manchester United revival .
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^ Yeats was impressed by Giggs' performance, and would have recommended Ryan Giggs to the Liverpool management, had Giggs not already been picked up by Manchester United.
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.While playing for Deans, Giggs would be watched regularly by local newsagent and Old Trafford steward Harold Wood.^ Not many 35 years olds would have played in as many games as Giggs.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ While playing for Deans, Giggs would be watched regularly by local newsagent and Old Trafford steward Harold Wood.
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^ Giggs wing play was brilliant to watch.
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.Wood regularly told the senior staff at Manchester United about Giggs, but they did not send anyone down to watch him until Wood spoke personally to Alex Ferguson.^ Giggs promises Manchester United revival .
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^ Wood regularly told the senior staff at Manchester United about Giggs, but they did not send anyone down to watch Ryan Giggs until Wood spoke personally to Alex Ferguson.
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^ Founded: 1878 Nickname: Red Devils Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson Ground: Old Trafford Capacity: 76212 Next Game: 16-Jan-2010 15:00 Manchester United VS .
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.Wood told the United boss, "He's with City at the moment, and if you lose him you'll regret it". So Ferguson sent a scout to a Deans match, who was impressed enough for United to offer Giggs a trial over the 1986 Christmas period.^ So Ferguson sent a scout to a Deans match, who was impressed enough that United offered Giggs a trial over the Christmas period in 1986.
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^ Wood told the United boss "He's with City at the moment, and if you lose Ryan Giggs you'll regret it".
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^ He is also reunited with the man who first spotted his potential, Dennis Schofield, a Manchester City scout who ran Dean’s Youth FC. .
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.Prior to the trial, Giggs played in a match for Salford Boys against a United Under-15s side at The Cliff and scored a hat trick, with Ferguson watching from his office window.^ Ryan Giggs has played 122 matches for Manchester United, in which he scored 27 goals.
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^ Prior to the trial, Giggs played in a match for Salford Boys against a United Under-15s side at The Cliff (training ground) and scored a hat trick, with Ferguson watching from Ryan Giggs office window.
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^ Giggs wing play was brilliant to watch.
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.On 29 November 1987 (his 14th birthday), Ferguson turned up at Giggs's house with United scout Joe Brown and offered him two years on associate schoolboy forms.^ The following November, on Giggs' 14th birthday, Ferguson turned up at Giggs's house with United scout Joe Brown and offered Ryan Giggs two years on associate schoolboy forms.
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^ Ferguson wants Giggs to play for Man U for two more years .

^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
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.They offered to waive YTS forms, and persuaded Giggs to sign by offering the opportunity to turn professional in three years.^ They also waived Youth Training Scheme forms, and persuaded Giggs with the opportunity to turn professional in three years.
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^ Last year he was elected to the Professional Footballers’ Association team of the century and at 35 (he celebrated his birthday yesterday) he shows no sign of slowing down.
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^ A year later, Alex Ferguson, United’s manager, turned up at Giggs’s family home with forms.
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.Giggs signed there and then.^ Giggs signed there and then.
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.Giggs represented England at Schoolboy level (using the name Ryan Wilson) playing at Wembley Stadium against Germany in 1989. Ryan changed his surname at the age of 16, when his mother remarried to a man called Richard Johnson, so that "the world would know he was his mother's son". His parents had separated two years earlier.^ Ryan Giggs rewarded after 20 years as Manchester United's changing man .
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^ Ryan Giggs playing for Salford as a schoolboy in 1988 .

^ Ryan Giggs represented England national football team at Schoolboy level (using the name Ryan Wilson) playing at Wembley Stadium against German national football team in 1989.
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[7] .Lawrie McMenemy, then coach of the England under-21 team, checked to see whether Giggs was eligible to play for England but discovered that Giggs had no English grandparents, and was therefore only eligible to play for Wales.^ He was only eligible to play for the English Schools' team because he went to school there.
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^ Lawrie McMenemy, then-coach of the England national under-21 football team team, checked to see whether Giggs was eligible to play for England.
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^ However, Ryan Giggs was rebuffed after finding that Giggs had no English grandparents, and was only available to play for Wales.
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Manchester United first team

.Giggs made his first appearance for the club during the 1990–91 season and has been a regular player since the 1991–92 season.^ Giggs made Ryan Giggs first appearance for the club during the 1990-91 in English football and has been a regular player since 1991-92 in English football.
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^ In Ryan Giggs first full start, Giggs was credited with Ryan Giggs first ever goal in a 1–0 win in the Manchester derby on 4 May 1991, though it appeared to be a Colin Hendry own goal.
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^ In May this year he became the first footballer to collect ELEVEN Premier League title-winning medals and he is the ONLY players to have scored in every season since the inception of the then Premiership in the 1992/93 season.
  • Ryan Giggs - Manchester United's own timeless X Factor winner - Sportingo 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.sportingo.com [Source type: News]

.He holds the club record for competitive appearances, and the club record for team trophies won by a player (23).^ Ryan Giggs has played the most competitive games for the club, and holds the club record of team trophies won by a player (23).
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^ He also happens to hold more individual football records than any two Premier League teams put together (outside Old Trafford, of course).
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^ And if that's not enough he passed Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time club record of 758 appearances with Manchester United when he appeared in the Champions League Final of 2008.
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[8] .Since 1992, he has collected 11 Premier League winner's medals, four FA Cup winner's medals, three League Cup winner's medals and two Champions League winner's medals.^ FA Premier League players .
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^ Current FA Premier League players .
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^ Since 1992, Ryan Giggs has collected 11 Premier League winner's medals, four FA Cup winner's medals, three Football League Cup winner's medals and two UEFA Champions League winner's medals.
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.He also has runner-up medals from the Champions League, 2 FA Cup finals and 2 Football League Cup finals, as well as being part of four United teams to have finished second in the league.^ FA Cup Semi Final (replay) , it .

^ He also has runners-up medals from two FA Cup finals and two League Cup finals, as well as being part of four United teams who have finished second in the league.

^ He has also finished with a runners-up medal twice.
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.In recent years, Giggs has captained the team on numerous occasions, particularly in the 2007–08 season when regular captain Gary Neville was ruled out with various injuries.^ In recent years, Giggs has captained the team on numerous occasions, particularly in the 2007–08 season when regular captain Gary Neville was ruled out with various injuries.
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^ Charting his incredible impact as a sensational 17 year old through to the glorious finale to the 2007/08 season in Wigan and Moscow, this is the definitive celebration of his glittering, record-breaking career.
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^ Neville set to retire at the end of the season after 18 years a United player Bowing out: Old Trafford legend Neville Manchester United defender Gary...
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.Giggs is the only player to play every season of the Premier league for one club and score in every season of the Premier League for any club.^ Who’s the best one-club player?
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^ FA Premier League players .
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^ Current FA Premier League players .
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Debut and breakthrough season

.Giggs turned professional on 29 November 1990 (his 17th birthday), by which time he was described by various sources to be the finest prospect in English football since George Best in the 1960s.^ Giggs turned professional on 29 November 1990 (his 17th birthday), by which time Ryan Giggs was described by various sources to be the finest prospect in English football since George Best in the 1960s.
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^ Ferguson recently described Giggs as the ultimate professional whose burning desire to continue playing at the highest level at the age of 35 should make him a role model for all aspiring footballers.
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^ Ryan giggs Wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009 In a shock result, Ryan Giggs becomes the first footballer since Beckham in 2001 to win the title.
  • Ryan Giggs Wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009 - Clunk's Forums. 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.clunk.org.uk [Source type: General]

.At this time, United had recently won the FA Cup – their first major trophy since the appointment of Alex Ferguson as manager in November 1986. After two precarious seasons in the league where they had finished mid table, they were finally starting to threaten the dominance of Liverpool and Arsenal, though they only managed to finish sixth that season.^ FA Cup Semi Final (replay) , it .

^ FA Cup Semi Final Replay 1999 Arsenal vs Manchester United .

^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Ferguson's quest for a successful left winger had not been an easy one since the departure of Jesper Olsen two years earlier.^ Following speculation earlier in the year, in February 2009, Giggs signed a one-year extension to Ryan Giggs current contract – which was due to expire in June 2009.
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^ At this time, the 20-year-old Lee Sharpe was United's first choice left winger, having displaced Danny Wallace at the start of the season.
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^ One of the best left wingers in the world and the most exciting player I have ever seen.
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.First he had signed Ralph Milne, but the player was not a success at United and lasted just one season in the first team before Ferguson secured the Southampton winger Danny Wallace in September 1989. However, Wallace had failed to repeat the performances that had made him one of the highest rated flanksmen in his days on the South Coast, and by the time Giggs turned professional Wallace was battling with 19-year-old Lee Sharpe for the role of first choice left winger.^ However, Ryan Giggs has been the ultimate professional.

^ However it was in the second-half that Giggs and United began to turn the screw.
  • Sky Sports | Blogs | The Insider | Giggs masterclass 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC origin.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ The same loyalty that has kept him at one club for 19 years.
  • Why Ryan Giggs has the X factor to pull off a shock and be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year - MirrorFootball.co.uk 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.mirrorfootball.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Giggs made his League debut against Everton at Old Trafford on 2 March 1991, as a substitute for the injured full-back Denis Irwin in a 2–0 defeat.^ Giggs turned professional in November 1990 and made his League debut against Everton F.C. at Old Trafford on 2 March , 1991 , as a substitute for Denis Irwin .
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^ The Old Trafford boss made the choice in ...

^ At 36, Giggs is a contender for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, as much for the longevity of his career at Old Trafford as what he has done in 2009.

.In his first full start, Giggs was credited with his first ever goal in a 1–0 win in the Manchester derby on 4 May 1991, though it appeared to be a Colin Hendry own goal.^ In Ryan Giggs first full start, Giggs was credited with Ryan Giggs first ever goal in a 1–0 win in the Manchester derby on 4 May 1991, though it appeared to be a Colin Hendry own goal.
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^ Ryan with the FA Carling Premiership trophy following Manchester United's win over Derby County in 2001 .
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^ The Welsh wizard may have given the ball away at the start of the move, but what an incredible recovery from the legend that is Ryan Giggs.
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.However, he was not included in the squad of 16 that defeated Barcelona in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final 11 days later.^ However, Ryan Giggs was not included in the squad of 16 that defeated FC Barcelona in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final 11 days later.
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^ Ten days later, on 21 May 2008, Giggs broke Bobby Charlton's appearance record for United when coming on as an 87th minute substitute for Paul Scholes in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final against Chelsea F.C..
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^ No wonder the gaffer, Sir Alex included him in his squad for the champion's league final with Chelsea in the 2007/2008 campaing.
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.Lee Sharpe, who had now won the race to displace Danny Wallace as United's regular left winger, took to the field as United's left winger, while Wallace was selected as a substitute.^ At this time, the 20-year-old Lee Sharpe was United's first choice left winger, having displaced Danny Wallace at the start of the season.
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^ From the day Giggs burst on the scene and displaced Lee Sharpe at the tender age of 17, Alex Ferguson was there to shield him from the impressionable media who drew comparisons to George Best.
  • Can Manchester United Compete Without Ryan Giggs And Paul Scholes? | SoccerNet Live 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC soccernetlive.com [Source type: General]

^ The Manchester United football star tells that regular yoga is the secret of his long, record-breaking career – even if his mates have a field day with it .
  • The bends keep Ryan Giggs in the game - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

He became a first-team regular early in the 1991–92 season, yet remained active with the youth system and captained the team, made up of many of "Fergie's Fledglings", to an FA Youth Cup triumph in 1992.
.Giggs broke into the first team even though he was still aged only 17, a mark of his skill and maturity, and paved the way as the first of many Manchester United youth players to rise into the first team under Ferguson.^ Manchester United has had many great players - but the greatest of them all is Ryan Giggs.
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^ So who will retire first, Giggs or Ferguson?
  • Ryan Giggs: ‘When I finish at Manchester United, I won’t play for another club’ | Manchester United - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC times.cluster.newsint.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Topic: Manchester United under Busby .
  • Ryan Giggs agrees a new one-year contract at Manchester United | Manchester United - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]
  • Ryan Giggs: ‘When I finish at Manchester United, I won’t play for another club’ | Manchester United - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC times.cluster.newsint.co.uk [Source type: News]

.As the youngest member of the United first team squad, Giggs looked to the older players such as Bryan Robson for advice.^ Manchester United first team .
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^ Despite Ryan Giggs maturity, though, as the youngest member of the United first team squad, Giggs looked up to the older players – such as Bryan Robson – for advice.
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^ Despite the fame that has come with his footballing success, Giggs has shunned the lucrative magazine deals enjoyed by some players such as his former team-mate David Beckham.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Robson recommended that Giggs sign up with Harry Swales, the agent that he himself had inherited from Kevin Keegan.^ Robson recommended that Giggs sign up with Harry Swales, the agent that Ryan Giggs himself had inherited from Kevin Keegan.
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^ Yeats was impressed by Giggs' performance, and would have recommended Ryan Giggs to the Liverpool management, had Giggs not already been picked up by Manchester United.
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^ Schofield recommended Giggs to Manchester City, and Ryan Giggs was signed up to their School of Excellence.
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[9]
.That season, Giggs played in the team that finished as runners-up to Leeds United in the final year of the old First Division before the advent of the Premier League.^ Not many 35 years olds would have played in as many games as Giggs.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ I agree, Giggs has not played as many games this season as he has in years gone by!
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

.United had led the table for much of the season before a run of dismal results in April saw them overtaken by the West Yorkshire side.^ United had led the table for much of the season before a run of dismal results in April saw them overtaken by the West Yorkshire side.
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^ That season, Giggs played in the team that finished as runners-up to Leeds United A.F.C. in the final year of the old First Division before the advent of the Premier League.
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^ As for Nani, this is already his third season at Manchester United after a 17 million pounds transfer from Sporting Lisbon but his technical abilities have not improved much.
  • Can Manchester United Compete Without Ryan Giggs And Paul Scholes? | SoccerNet Live 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC soccernetlive.com [Source type: General]

.Giggs collected his first piece of silverware on 12 April 1992 as United defeated Nottingham Forest in the League Cup Final, after Giggs had set up Brian McClair to score the only goal of the game.^ Giggs collected Ryan Giggs first piece of silverware on 12 April 1992 as United defeated Nottingham Forest F.C. in the 1992 Football League Cup Final, after Giggs had set up Brian McClair to score the only goal of the game.
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^ He collected his first piece of silverware in April 1992 as United defeated Nottingham Forest in the League Cup Final, after Giggs had set up Brian McClair to score the only goal of the game.
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^ Giggs set up the equalising goal scored by Teddy Sheringham in the UEFA Champions League Final that set United on their way to the treble.
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.At the end of the season, he was voted PFA Young Player of the Year – the award which had been credited to his colleague Lee Sharpe a year earlier.^ Earlier this year he was named PFA's Player of the Year.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Over the years, a terrific player but this season's best?
  • Fanzine Fanzone - Times Online - WBLG: Ryan Giggs: Legend 23 September 2009 3:24 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ League Cup, Premier League, PFA Player of the Year, and was arguably Man Utd's best player.
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Early career

.By the start of the 1992–93 season, the first season of the newly formed Premier League, Giggs was firmly established as United's first choice left winger, and became known as one of British football's most prodigious young players.^ Giggs in full flight on the left wing is one of the most exhilarating sights in football.
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^ FA Premier League players .
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^ He is truly one of the best football players.
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.He played a key role in their first top division title win for 26 years, though they didn't go top until after Christmas and fought off competition from big spending Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers as well as surprise title contenders Norwich City.^ Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa - as it happened!
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Didn't they do well?
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^ In Ryan Giggs first full start, Giggs was credited with Ryan Giggs first ever goal in a 1–0 win in the Manchester derby on 4 May 1991, though it appeared to be a Colin Hendry own goal.
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.His emergence and the arrival of Eric Cantona heralded the dominance of United in the new league.^ His emergence, and the arrival of Éric Cantona (who later claimed that he had a telepathic understanding with/of Giggs) heralded the dominance of United in the new Premier League.
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^ Also features contributions from other United legends including Bryan Robson, Steve Bruce, Eric Cantona, Ole Solskjaer & Gary Neville.
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.His manager was very protective of him, refusing to allow Giggs to be interviewed until he turned 20, eventually granting the first interview to the BBC's Des Lynam for Match of the Day in the 1993–94 season.^ Ryan Giggs first 2 TV interviews .

^ Although he had a very good first season at the club and his second saw him start the 2009 Champions League final, this year been more of a struggle … .

^ A year later, Alex Ferguson, United’s manager, turned up at Giggs’s family home with forms.
  • The bends keep Ryan Giggs in the game - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

.This was the season when United won the double and Giggs was one of their key players alongside the likes of Eric Cantona, Paul Ince and Mark Hughes.^ Giggs has never won it so he deserves it this season?
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ Giggs is one of those players that will go down in United history alongside the greats.
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^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Lee Sharpe, the player Giggs had ousted on the left wing a couple of years earlier, was now vying with Andrei Kanchelskis for the right wing position – with both players having key parts in the club's success.^ Earlier this year he was named PFA's Player of the Year.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Both players achieved at their clubs phenomenal success.
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^ Giggs: Player of the Year - and rightly so .
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.They topped the table from the fourth game in late August and were not overtaken all season.^ I think he will still be at Eastlands next season too; after all, the moneymen are the ones that brought him and they make the decisions, so they will keep him there.
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^ Ryan won’t play in all the games, but he may play in all the important ones,” Ferguson said, recognizing that Giggs could top Charlton’s mark.
  • Ryan Giggs’s European Century - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ Liverpool need to face up to the fact that utd have not performed near their best all season whereas they have and we still top the table...where would we be if ronnie had got another 40 odd goals this season??
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

.Giggs also played for United in the Football League Cup final, where they lost 3–1 to Aston Villa, ending their hopes of a unique domestic treble.^ Milner puts Villa in sight of League Cup final .
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^ Giggs also played for United in the Football League Cup final, where they lost 3-1 to Aston Villa F.C., ending their hopes of a unique domestic treble.
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^ Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension to remain at Old Trafford until the end of the 2010/11 season.
  • TEAMtalk - Football News, Transfer Gossip, Live Scores, Results 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: News]

.He was afforded many opportunities not normally offered to footballers at his young age, such as hosting his own television show, Ryan Giggs' Soccer Skills, which aired in 1994, and also had a book based on the series.^ He was afforded many opportunities which were not normally offered to footballers at his young age, such as hosting his own television show, Ryan Giggs' Soccer Skills , which was a hit with ITV and Granada in 1994.
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^ Ryan giggs Wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009 In a shock result, Ryan Giggs becomes the first footballer since Beckham in 2001 to win the title.
  • Ryan Giggs Wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009 - Clunk's Forums. 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.clunk.org.uk [Source type: General]

^ My new compalion of Ryan Giggs which contains exclusive clips from the record breaking season 07/08 including skills,assists ,goals...

.Giggs was part of the Premier League's attempt to market itself globally, re-forging its image after the hooliganism-blighted years of the 1980s and he featured on countless football and lad mag covers, becoming a household name.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
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^ Giggs celebrated his 36th birthday a day early by becoming the only United player to have scored 100 goals in the Premier League.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

^ League Cup, Premier League, PFA Player of the Year, and was arguably Man Utd's best player.
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.Despite his aversion to attention, Giggs also became a teenage pin-up and was once described as the "Premiership's First Poster Boy",[10] and the "boy wonder",[11] arguably the original footballer who catapulted the term into the public lexicon.^ Source ( tribalfootball.com ) (OF - man ) Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs admits he was almost lost to football as a junior.Giggs was honoured with the Freedom of Salford yesterday.And he revealed: "I moved to the area originally because my dad was a rugby player and I played rugby from being 10 or 11."I represented Salford Boys and played for Langworthy.
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^ He earned the tag of Boy Wonder , and in one description by the tabloids , became The boy who converted a million innocent teenage hearts into United fans .
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^ He was arguably the first teenage football poster boy to have garnered such attention since the likes of George Best , a player Giggs has been compared to, and who, alongside Bobby Charlton , personally went down to United's training sessions at 'the Cliff' specifically to watch Giggs play.
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He was hailed as the first football star to capture the public imagination in a way unseen since the days of George Best; [12] the irony was that Best and Bobby Charlton used to describe Giggs as their favourite young player, turning up at The Cliff training ground just to watch him, where Best once quipped, "One day they might even say that I was another Ryan Giggs."[12]
.His immense popularity heralded a new era in football fandom and was also once described as the "boy who converted a million innocent teenage hearts into United fans".[13] He burst onto the football scene in the 1990s when football was surging in popularity and becoming less working class, and when photogenic young players like Giggs and Liverpool's Jamie Redknapp were adored like popstars.^ Ryan Giggs burst onto the football scene at a time where football was becoming more popular and less working class and Ryan Giggs was trapped in the fame superhighway where photogenic young players became pop star-like figures (other players to enjoy this popularity in the early to mid 1990s included Liverpool F.C. Jamie Redknapp), and it was not uncommon to have roads blocked and traffic jams when Giggs was at booksignings.
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^ Despite Ryan Giggs aversion to attention, Giggs had also become a teenage pin-up at the time and was once described as the "Premiership's First Poster Boy", and the "boy wonder" - where Ryan Giggs was arguably the original footballer who catapulted the term into the public lexicon.
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^ In the same week, Giggs received a two-match suspension from international football for deliberately elbowing Russian player Vadim Evseev in the face.
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.It was not uncommon to have roads blocked and traffic jams when Giggs was at booksignings.^ Ryan Giggs burst onto the football scene at a time where football was becoming more popular and less working class and Ryan Giggs was trapped in the fame superhighway where photogenic young players became pop star-like figures (other players to enjoy this popularity in the early to mid 1990s included Liverpool F.C. Jamie Redknapp), and it was not uncommon to have roads blocked and traffic jams when Giggs was at booksignings.
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[14]
.Giggs showed such unique talent that words like "genius" and "magician" were often used by admiring team mates like Paul Ince, while Gary Pallister remarked that United defenders "got twisted blood trying to mark him in training". His more experienced team-mates admired him even made his first-team debut, constantly asking the manager when Giggs would be selected for the first team.^ Ryan Giggs older team-mates were in awe of Ryan Giggs during the 1990-91 in English football before Ryan Giggs even made Ryan Giggs first-team debut, constantly asking the manager during training when Giggs would be selected for the first team.
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^ Giggs showed such unique talent that words like "genius" and "magician" were often flaunted in descriptions of Ryan Giggs by team mates like Paul Ince, and Gary Pallister said that United defenders used to say they had "got twisted blood trying to mark Ryan Giggs in training".
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^ Giggs was also renowned for pre-meditating celebrations with team-mates, such as Paul Ince and Andrei Kanchelskis .
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[10] As Steve Bruce commented, "when Ryan ran, he ran like the wind. You couldn't hear him he was that light on his feet. .He had that natural body swerve, that way with a ball only the great players have got.^ Above all I have watched many Utd players at games but Giggs is the only one to takle your breat away when he runs with the ball!
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No disrespect to [David] Beckham and Scholesy, but he's the only one who was always going to be a superstar."[10]
.Giggs proved to be a great goalscorer, many of his memorable goals being shortlisted for various Goal of the Season awards.^ Granted he's had a great career and that deserves to be recognized but this is the Player of the YEAR Award and he's not even in the top 10 players of this season.A complete joke.
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^ Giggs was superb against city, and he has been excellent so far this season, aside from his through ball for the winning goal, he terrorised Richards and put in some great crosses in, this on the back of a great free-kick and performance at Spurs.
  • Sky Sports | Blogs | The Insider | Giggs masterclass 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC origin.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ He has had a great career and a decent season but since when should players be awarded for these things if they can't get a regular place in a team.
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

.Widely regarded as among his best were those against Queens Park Rangers in 1993, Tottenham in 1994, Everton in 1995, Coventry in 1996, and the most remarkable of all, his solo-goal against Arsenal in the replay of the 1999 FA Cup semi-final.^ His goal against Arsenal in the 1999 FA cup semi final, the best goal ever scored, period.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ If only he had kept his shirt on after scoring that semi final goal against Arsenal.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The goal in question was scored in the semi-final of the FA cup in 1999 against Arsenal where Giggs beat 4 defenders ( Lee Dixon twice) to score.
  • Ryan Giggs - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: General]

.During extra time, Giggs picked up possession after Patrick Vieira gave the ball away, then ran from the half-way line, dribbled past the whole Arsenal back line, including Tony Adams, Lee Dixon and Martin Keown before launching his left-footed strike just under David Seaman's bar and beyond his reach.^ During extra time, Giggs picked up possession just after Patrick Vieira had given the ball away, then ran away from the half-way line, dribbling past the whole Arsenal backline, including Tony Adams and Martin Keown before launching his left-footed strike just under David Seaman 's bar and beyond him.
  • Ryan Giggs - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: General]

^ Giggs is a millionaire many times over and could easily have called it a day or taken his foot off the gas way back when.
  • Daily Star: Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: Football :: Ryan Giggs is a legend thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson says Mick McCarthy 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.dailystar.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Yitagesub from Ethiopia Giggs is my all time best left attacking midfielder.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

He famously whipped off his shirt as he ran to celebrate with his teammates. .It also has the distinction of being the last ever goal scored in an FA Cup semi-final replay as, from the following season, the FA Cup semi-finals are decided in a single game, with extra time and a penalty shootout if required.^ His goal against Arsenal in the 1999 FA cup semi final, the best goal ever scored, period.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The game, in Moscow, went to a penalty shootout and Giggs converted what became the winning penalty, clinching victory for United in the 50th anniversary year of the Munich air disaster.
  • The bends keep Ryan Giggs in the game - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Indeed, he famously scored a magnificent solo effort to win the 1999 FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal FC, from which point the club went on to secure an unprecedented treble of league, cup and UEFA Champions League, later adding the European/South American Cup.
  • GIGGS (Ryan Joseph Giggs) - Manchester United and Wales 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.footballdatabase.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.1994–95 saw Giggs restricted through injury to 29 Premier League games and only 1 goal, but later in the season he recovered his form and fitness, though it was too late to help United to any major trophies.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ May 11: Equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 758 appearances for the Red Devils after coming on against Wigan and scoring the second goal of the match which led to the post-match celebrations, lifting his 10th Premier League trophy on the final day of the season.
  • GIGGS (Ryan Joseph Giggs) - Manchester United and Wales 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.footballdatabase.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He collected his first piece of silverware in April 1992 as United defeated Nottingham Forest in the League Cup Final, after Giggs had set up Brian McClair to score the only goal of the game.
  • Ryan Giggs - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: General]

.A failure to beat West Ham United on the final day of the season saw them lose the Premier League title to Blackburn Rovers.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ He could again be United’s trump card this season as they try to win a fourth consecutive title and reclaim the Champions League and its no wonder that Ferguson has always treated him like a favourite son.
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/ryan-giggs/ 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: General]

^ May 11: Equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 758 appearances for the Red Devils after coming on against Wigan and scoring the second goal of the match which led to the post-match celebrations, lifting his 10th Premier League trophy on the final day of the season.
  • GIGGS (Ryan Joseph Giggs) - Manchester United and Wales 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.footballdatabase.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.A week later, Giggs came on as a substitute in the FA Cup final against Everton, but United lost 1–0. It was a frustrating season for both player and club, and Giggs was not the only key player to be ruled out for crucial games.^ Giggs' current and only club so far is Manchester United .
  • Ryan Giggs - Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.kickoffworld.net [Source type: General]

^ Club Giggs first turned out for United as a 17-year-old substitute against Everton FC in March 1991.
  • GIGGS (Ryan Joseph Giggs) - Manchester United and Wales 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.footballdatabase.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Later, with the penalty shoot-out entering sudden death, Giggs stepped up to score the decisive spot kick and secure Manchester United's third triumph in European football's premier club competition.
  • GIGGS (Ryan Joseph Giggs) - Manchester United and Wales 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.footballdatabase.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Roy Keane, Lee Sharpe and Andrei Kanchelskis had notable absences due to injuries, while Eric Cantona missed the final four months of the league campaign (and the first six weeks of the next) after being banned from football for an incident during a game at Crystal Palace in late January.^ Every game from the Football League .
  • Sky Sports | Blogs | The Insider | Giggs masterclass 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC origin.skysports.com [Source type: General]
  • Sky Sports | Shows | Soccer Saturday | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: News]
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ Yet several, including Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and Cristiano Ronaldo, have received the major individual awards which have eluded the man who has played more games for United than anyone else.
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/ryan-giggs/ 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: General]

^ There has always been the odd footballer who was different: Graeme Le Saux , David James , Brian McClair and Eric Cantona .
  • Red Devil, street angel: meet the real Ryan - Lifestyle, Frontpage - Independent.ie 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.independent.ie [Source type: News]

.The 1995 close season brought more controversy as United sold Paul Ince, Mark Hughes and Andrei Kanchelskis and began the following season without a major signing, though they had added Andy Cole to their ranks for a national record £7 million halfway through the previous season.^ I think he will still be at Eastlands next season too; after all, the moneymen are the ones that brought him and they make the decisions, so they will keep him there.
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ It kind of seems that during the last two seasons that Ronaldo was getting his high goal returns United as a team scored far less goals during the season than in previous seasons.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The key to the team's season will be how they win games without Giggs.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

Giggs playing for United.
.In 1995–96, Giggs returned to full form and played a vital part in United's unique second double, his goal against Everton at Goodison Park on 9 September 1995 being shortlisted for the "goal of the season" award, though it was eventually beaten by votes for a goal by Manchester City's Georgi Kinkladze.^ A year later, Alex Ferguson, United’s manager, turned up at Giggs’s family home with forms.
  • The bends keep Ryan Giggs in the game - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ United handed awards double 10:30 Mar 02 2007 .
  • Ryan Giggs - Manchester United Football Club 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.football.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ One thing I admire about him is the fact that he has not played for any other team but Manchester United.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.In November that season, Giggs scored two goals in a Premier League match against Southampton, arguably his finest performance of the season, where United won 4–1 to keep up the pressure on a Newcastle United side who actually went 10 points clear on 23 December but were finally overhauled by United in mid March.^ December 2009, 23:10 .
  • Congratulations Ryan - RedCafe.net 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.redcafe.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Giggs has never won it so he deserves it this season?
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Giggs was also in the side for United's FA Cup final win over Liverpool on 11 May 1996, though Eric Cantona scored the late winner – the only goal of the game.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The game, in Moscow, went to a penalty shootout and Giggs converted what became the winning penalty, clinching victory for United in the 50th anniversary year of the Munich air disaster.
  • The bends keep Ryan Giggs in the game - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Indeed, he famously scored a magnificent solo effort to win the 1999 FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal FC, from which point the club went on to secure an unprecedented treble of league, cup and UEFA Champions League, later adding the European/South American Cup.
  • GIGGS (Ryan Joseph Giggs) - Manchester United and Wales 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.footballdatabase.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.By now, Giggs had several new key colleagues in breakthrough youngsters Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and Paul Scholes.^ The former youth coach is famed for having nurtured United's golden generation of Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers Gary and Phil, and Nicky Butt.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Rooney’s pledge of loyalty is bound to be well received by the United faithful as they will look to him to lead the club into a new era once the like of Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville call it a day.
  • Rooney to follow Ryan Giggs footsteps 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]

^ Those two plus defender Gary Neville have now played a total of more than 2,000 matches for United, a remarkable milestone.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

.Beckham took over from Andrei Kanchelskis on the right wing and Butt succeeded Paul Ince in central midfield to complete a new look United midfield along with Giggs and Roy Keane.^ The former youth coach is famed for having nurtured United's golden generation of Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers Gary and Phil, and Nicky Butt.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Rooney’s pledge of loyalty is bound to be well received by the United faithful as they will look to him to lead the club into a new era once the like of Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville call it a day.
  • Rooney to follow Ryan Giggs footsteps - Soccerway 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.soccerway.com [Source type: News]

^ Ryan Giggs commits to Manchester United until 2011 by signing new contract Giggs, crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday, will now remain ...
  • Ryan Giggs Forum from Football.co.uk 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC forum.football.co.uk [Source type: General]

.This midfield line-up was arguably even better than the one that had featured Kanchelskis and Ince.^ Personally I think he is even better than Best.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ For Giggs to still be a permanent feature in the United line up and still produce top quality performances is testament to his skill and attitude both on and off the pitch.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Even without the 25million rated Emmanuel Adebayor and the record 32million purchase of Robinho their starting line-up for the derby still came to a staggering 133million.
  • Sky Sports | Blogs | The Insider | Giggs masterclass 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC origin.skysports.com [Source type: General]

The following season, Giggs had his first real chance to shine in Europe. .Having played a key role in United winning their third league title in four seasons, he helped them reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, the first United side in 28 years to achieve this.^ Member of United side which ends the club's 26-year wait to win the league title.
  • TEAMtalk Manchester United Football News. Latest From Old Trafford. 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ United finish third in Premier League.
  • TEAMtalk Manchester United Football News. Latest From Old Trafford. 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ Wins a third league title in four years and in October scores a memorable goal in their 3-2 Champions League victory over Juventus at Old Trafford.
  • TEAMtalk Manchester United Football News. Latest From Old Trafford. 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]

However, their hopes of European glory were ended by Borussia Dortmund, who edged them out by winning each leg of the semi-final 1–0.
.In 1997–98, United were pipped to the Premier League title by Arsenal, following a dismal run of form in March and early April, leaving them without a trophy for only the second time since 1989. The following season, Giggs missed a lot of games through injury, but when he was fit his form was consistently excellent and he played in both of United's cup finals that season.^ I agree, Giggs has not played as many games this season as he has in years gone by!
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ United finish third in Premier League.
  • TEAMtalk Manchester United Football News. Latest From Old Trafford. 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ May 6 - Wins ninth Premier League title with Manchester United.
  • TEAMtalk Manchester United Football News. Latest From Old Trafford. 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]

.Memorable moments were his extra-time goal in the FA Cup semi-final against arch-rivals Arsenal to give United a 2–1 win, and his 90th minute equaliser in the home leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Juventus, a 1–1 draw which was followed two weeks later by a remarkable 3–2 win in Turin where United came from two goals behind.^ Helps United win the Premier League and FA Cup double for the first time in the club's history.
  • TEAMtalk Manchester United Football News. Latest From Old Trafford. 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ His goal against Arsenal in the 1999 FA cup semi final, the best goal ever scored, period.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ If only he had kept his shirt on after scoring that semi final goal against Arsenal.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.The highpoint in the 1998–99 season was when Giggs set up the equalising goal scored by Teddy Sheringham in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final that set United on their way to the Treble.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ He could again be United’s trump card this season as they try to win a fourth consecutive title and reclaim the Champions League and its no wonder that Ferguson has always treated him like a favourite son.
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/ryan-giggs/ 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: General]

^ In May 2008 he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton to chalk up a club record of 759 appearances for Manchester United by playing in Champions League Final against Chelsea.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored the winning goal with the last kick of the game two minutes later.^ February - Scores the only goal as United defeat Lille in the Champions League last-16 first leg, curling home a quickly-taken free-kick as home goalkeeper Tony Sylva lined up his wall.
  • TEAMtalk Manchester United Football News. Latest From Old Trafford. 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ Nearly two decades later, and having celebrated his 36th birthday at the end of last month — the day after scoring his 100th Premier League goal — it still comes as something of a shock to Giggs that he is now seen as the elder statesman at Old Trafford.
  • Ryan Giggs: ‘When I finish at Manchester United, I won’t play for another club’ | Manchester United - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC times.cluster.newsint.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Please score a awesome goal and a perfect free kick.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Giggs was also the Man of the Match as United beat Palmeiras to claim the Intercontinental Cup later that year.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ A year later, Alex Ferguson, United’s manager, turned up at Giggs’s family home with forms.
  • The bends keep Ryan Giggs in the game - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ This year's main prize winner is the evergreen, brilliant Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs.
  • Ryan Giggs Wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009 - Clunk's Forums. 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.clunk.org.uk [Source type: General]

.By this stage, his media profile had diminished slightly, particularly due to the emergence of younger high profile players like David Beckham, who became the focus of almost unprecedented media attention on and off the field.^ Everton, despite their high finishes, make a loss due to players wages.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ When players like Gerrard, Ronaldo, Torres, Drogba, Young, Lampard (to name but a few)take to the field they are often hit and miss!
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

Since 2000

Ryan Giggs, 2006
.Giggs became United's longest serving player when Denis Irwin left in May 2002, and he became a pivotal part of the club, despite still being in his twenties.^ The game, in Moscow, went to a penalty shootout and Giggs converted what became the winning penalty, clinching victory for United in the 50th anniversary year of the Munich air disaster.
  • The bends keep Ryan Giggs in the game - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Despite that game, few would say that he was less crucial to United’s title win than Giggs, and the same could be said for fellow United players Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Edwin van der Sar.
  • 101 Great Goals - latest football videos and international soccer goals from the Premier League, Champions League,La liga, Serie A, World Cup, UEFA Cup and more » Blog Archive » Should Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs be winning all these awards? 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.101greatgoals.com [Source type: General]

^ Ryan Giggs is my all-time favourite United player, and I am so happy at the fact he has won this award.
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

.Giggs continued to excel in the four years that followed the Treble triumph of 1999. United were Premier League champions in three of the four seasons following the treble, as well as reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals three times and the semi-finals once.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The 36-year-old Manchester United winger is the most decorated player in English football history and in May won a record 11th Premier League winners' medal.
  • AWARD JOY FOR RYAN GIGGS | Sporting Life - Sports News | Live Football Scores, Live Racing Results, Football Transfer News And Gossip 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

^ In May 2008 he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton to chalk up a club record of 759 appearances for Manchester United by playing in Champions League Final against Chelsea.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.He celebrated his 10-year anniversary at Old Trafford with a testimonial match against Celtic at the start of the 2001–02 campaign.^ Laws starts with Old Trafford visit Sport.co.uk 12:35 .
  • NewsNow: Manchester United (All Sources) 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.newsnow.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Ljajic joins Fiorentina 14:13 Laws starts with Old Trafford visit 13:37 Jan 12 2010 .
  • CHARLES SALE- Bookies probing late rush on Ryan Giggs - Manchester United News from football.co.uk 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.football.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Old Trafford was left in a state of anxious introspection and Giggs was not handed his first start in the league until 1 October.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.However, this was one of the most disappointing seasons United had endured since Giggs made his debut for them, as a dismal run of form in early winter ultimately cost them the league title and they were surprisingly knocked out of the Champions League on away goals in the semi finals by German underdogs Bayer Leverkusen.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ In the Champions League final against Chelsea in May, he came onto the pitch only in the 87th minute, as a substitute for Paul Scholes.
  • The bends keep Ryan Giggs in the game - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ A year later, Alex Ferguson, United’s manager, turned up at Giggs’s family home with forms.
  • The bends keep Ryan Giggs in the game - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

.A year later, in the autumn of 2002, he bagged his 100th career goal in a draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.^ NEEDS A GOAL Well the free-flowing football of the first half has subsided a little and it's a bit stop-start at Stamford Bridge right now.
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^ Chelsea in particular look almost unbeatable at the moment, particularly at Stamford Bridge where they've knocked in 25 unanswered goals.
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^ CHELSEA 1-0 MAN UNITED A hugely important, controversial moment at Stamford Bridge, one which could have serious ramifications in the title race.
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.He played in his fourth FA Cup triumph on 22 May 2004, making him one of only two players (the other being Roy Keane) to have won the trophy four times while playing for Manchester United.^ One thing I admire about him is the fact that he has not played for any other team but Manchester United.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The 36-year-old Manchester United winger is the most decorated player in English football history and in May won a record 11th Premier League winners' medal.
  • AWARD JOY FOR RYAN GIGGS | Sporting Life - Sports News | Live Football Scores, Live Racing Results, Football Transfer News And Gossip 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

He has also finished with a runners-up medal three times (1995, 2005 and 2007). .His participation in the victory over Liverpool in September 2004 made him the third player to play 600 games for United, alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes.^ He holds the record for the most club appearances – 772 – beating Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record of 758, and, equally remarkably, has never been shown the red card during his games for Manchester United.
  • The bends keep Ryan Giggs in the game - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The game, in Moscow, went to a penalty shootout and Giggs converted what became the winning penalty, clinching victory for United in the 50th anniversary year of the Munich air disaster.
  • The bends keep Ryan Giggs in the game - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ In May 2008 he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton to chalk up a club record of 759 appearances for Manchester United by playing in Champions League Final against Chelsea.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his contribution to the English game.^ Preki, Dooley named to US football Hall of Fame .
  • Rooney to follow Ryan Giggs footsteps - Soccerway 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.soccerway.com [Source type: News]

.After that season, Giggs signed a two-year contract extension with United when chief executive David Gill relented on his normal policy of not signing players over 30 to contracts longer than one year.^ Giggs: Player of the Year - and rightly so .
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ With his United contract expiring at the end of the season, Giggs’s future is undecided, although his wish is to continue, and last week Sir Alex Ferguson hinted that Giggs would be offered a new one-year contract.
  • Ryan Giggs: ‘When I finish at Manchester United, I won’t play for another club’ | Manchester United - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC times.cluster.newsint.co.uk [Source type: News]

.He has subsequently signed two further one-year contact extensions, to keep him at Old Trafford until at least June 2010, when he will be 36. Giggs has also benefited from being largely injury-free aside from a series of hamstring problems.^ Ryan Giggs signs one-year contract extension at Manchester United .
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Giggs being 36 makes me feel old.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

.On 6 May 2007, with Chelsea only able to manage a 1–1 draw with London rivals Arsenal, Manchester United became the champions of England.^ In May 2008 he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton to chalk up a club record of 759 appearances for Manchester United by playing in Champions League Final against Chelsea.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Joabfringz from Uganda Giggs is the only player who made me support Manchester United during the 1999 season.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ But credit to Manchester United, they produced the sort of second half that only they are capable.
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

.In doing so, Ryan Giggs set a new record of nine league titles, beating the previous record of eight he shared with Alan Hansen and Phil Neal (who won all of their titles with Liverpool).^ The new father is aiming to beat Ryan Giggs' appearance record.

^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ UNITED TEAM NEWS Sir Alex Ferguson makes six changes from the midweek Champions League draw with CSKA Moscow, with John O'Shea, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney all included.
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.Giggs played a starring role in United's 2007 Charity Shield victory after netting in the first half to bring the game to a 1–1 draw, which led to penalty triumph for the Red Devils after keeper Edwin van der Sar saved all of Chelsea's first three penalties.^ Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar poised for Man...
  • CHARLES SALE- Bookies probing late rush on Ryan Giggs - Manchester United News from football.co.uk 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.football.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ E. van der Sar .
  • Wales - Ryan Giggs - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.soccerway.com [Source type: News]

^ Edwin Van der Sar in line to make Manchester United comeback Premier League previews: Nemanja Vidic a doubt for Manchester United Wayne Rooney can be star of 2010 World Cup, says Sir Alex Ferguson .
  • Ryan Giggs: ‘When I finish at Manchester United, I won’t play for another club’ | Manchester United - Times Online 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC times.cluster.newsint.co.uk [Source type: News]

.In the 2007–08 season, Alex Ferguson adopted a rotation system between Giggs and newcomers Nani and Anderson.^ Although being used increasingly sparingly by manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Giggs made sufficient impact in the 2008/9 season to be voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Nevertheless, Giggs remained the favoured choice for the anticipated clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford and put in a cross with the outside of his boot for Carlos Tévez to score his first United goal.^ Giggs is an Old Trafford legend, a Wales legend and a true ambassador for football.
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^ Yes Torres has scored more goals and Gerrard has created and scored more, but lets face it, they are no Ryan Giggs!
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ Jotham Kabanza from Uganda Giggs is the most succesful player at Old Trafford basing on the trophies & medals he has to his name.He will always remain the best.
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.Giggs scored his 100th league goal for United against Derby County on 8 December 2007, which United won 4–1.[15] More landmarks have been achieved: on 20 February 2008 he made his 100th appearance in the UEFA Champions League in a game against Lyon[16] and on 11 May 2008 he came on as a substitute for Park Ji-Sung to equal Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 758 appearances for United.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ In May 2008 he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton to chalk up a club record of 759 appearances for Manchester United by playing in Champions League Final against Chelsea.
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^ Hope he breaks Bobby Charlton's record for maximum appearances for Man U. .
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[17] .Fittingly, Giggs scored the second goal in that match, sealing his, and United's, tenth Premier League title.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ In the late summer of 2005, for instance, there was a universal and wholly justified belief that Jose Mourinho would bring Chelsea a second consecutive league title.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Here's hoping that Giggs lifts the title yet again and who knows, scores the winning goal against Arsenal (Again) to take us to another major cup final.
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

.Ten days later, on 21 May 2008, Giggs broke Bobby Charlton's appearance record for United when coming on as an 87th minute substitute for Paul Scholes in the Champions League Final against Chelsea.^ In May 2008 he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton to chalk up a club record of 759 appearances for Manchester United by playing in Champions League Final against Chelsea.
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^ Hope he breaks Bobby Charlton's record for maximum appearances for Man U. .
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^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

.United would go on to win the Final, defeating Chelsea 6–5 on penalties after a 1–1 draw after extra time.^ I do think because of the manner he arrived at Man City, a lot was expected of him - although had he gone to Chelsea or Man United, they would have expected a helluva lot more.
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

.Giggs converted what became the winning penalty in sudden-death for United (after Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka missed the final penalty) and joined Steve McManaman and team-mate Owen Hargreaves in becoming the only British players to have played in and won more than one Champions League final (though this is not true for European Cups as several Nottingham Forest players have achieved this in 1979/1980).^ He has won more trophies than anyone else.
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^ UNITED ON TOP Only one team looking like winning this in the final 19 minutes.
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^ SMOTHERED Anderson plays to Rooney who is the only United player in the Chelsea third.
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.Giggs lifted the Champions League trophy with Rio Ferdinand as captain Gary Neville had been out for nearly the entire season with an injury.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Premier League: Captain Ryan Giggs leads Manchester United chorus of caution over Premier showdown .
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Season's best Just champion The incredible sulk Barton to bow out April (4 posts) .
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Giggs after the match against Manchester City in February 2008
.At the start of Manchester United's 2008–09 campaign, Sir Alex Ferguson began placing Ryan Giggs at central midfield, behind the forwards, instead of his favoured wing position.^ Manchester United likely to face Wolves without Ryan Giggs .
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Ryan Giggs says momentum can carry Manchester United to the quintuple .
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The Welsh wizard may have given the ball away at the start of the move, but what an incredible recovery from the legend that is Ryan Giggs.
  • 101 Great Goals - latest football videos and international soccer goals from the Premier League, Champions League,La liga, Serie A, World Cup, UEFA Cup and more » Blog Archive » VIDEO: Ryan Giggs’ incredible sliding challenge (West Ham-Manchester United) 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.101greatgoals.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Giggs has since adapted very well to his new position and supplied two assists in as many games, against Middlesbrough and Aalborg.^ Nellie, Merthyr In the modern game only two players stand out as one team men, Paulo Maldini and Ryan Giggs.
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^ Not many 35 years olds would have played in as many games as Giggs.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ I agree, Giggs has not played as many games this season as he has in years gone by!
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

.Sir Alex Ferguson said in an interview, "Ryan (Giggs) is a very valuable player, he will be 35 this November but at 35, he can be United's key player.^ Give him 'SIR' RYAN GIGGS. .
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^ United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed on Friday that Giggs will be offered a new contract for next season and he added: ''It was the first I had heard of it the other day so I was quite pleased.
  • AWARD JOY FOR RYAN GIGGS | Sporting Life - Sports News | Live Football Scores, Live Racing Results, Football Transfer News And Gossip 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

^ Premier League: Captain Ryan Giggs leads Manchester United chorus of caution over Premier showdown .
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

At 25, Ryan would shatter defenders with his run down the flank, but at 35, he will play deeper."[18] .Giggs has begun taking his coaching badges and Ferguson has hinted that he would like Giggs to serve as his coaching staff after retirement like Ole Gunnar Solskjær did.^ The equivalence was obvious when Giggs scored with a free-kick at White Hart Lane this month and then observed that he would not have been taking it if the Portuguese were still at United.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ I would like to ask this question to the liverpool fans writing on here...how much football have you actually watched of Ryan Giggs this season?
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

[19]
Ryan Giggs, 2008
.On 8 February 2009, Giggs maintained his record of being the only player to score in every season of the Premier League since its inception in 1992 by netting the only goal in a 1–0 win over West Ham United.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Yet Giggs does not feel the cash is excessive given the contracts being paid to televise the Premier League, which bring in well over £1.5billion, and told ITV's News at Ten: "There is plenty of money in the game but the majority of the players deserve it."

^ Premier League: Portsmouth v Manchester United 28 Nov 2009: Our award-winning photographer brings you all the action from Fratton Park as United visit the south coast and provide tough opposition in Avram Grant's first game back in the Premier League .
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

[20] .Following speculation earlier in the year,[21] in February 2009, Giggs signed a one-year extension to his current contract – which was due to expire in June 2009.[22] After a successful season, Giggs was short-listed along with four other Manchester United team mates for the PFA Player of the Year.^ Giggs: Player of the Year - and rightly so .
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ Earlier this year he was named PFA's Player of the Year.
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^ Ryan Giggs signs one-year contract extension at Manchester United .
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[23] .On 26 April 2009, Giggs received the award, despite having started just twelve games throughout the 08/09 season (at the time of receiving the trophy).^ Ferguson hails Giggs landmark 08:13 Sep 27 2009 .
  • Ryan Giggs - Manchester United Football Club 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.football.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Ryan Giggs is my all-time favourite United player, and I am so happy at the fact he has won this award.
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ At 08:48am on 09 Jun 2009 , Lyn_Thomas wrote: Neocromwellian, you clearly have an issue you want discussed.
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.This was the first time in his illustrious career that Giggs had received the award.^ Ryan Giggs is my all-time favourite United player, and I am so happy at the fact he has won this award.
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ I do think that giggs has played well this year, and with the career that he's had he definatley deserves a personal award to show for it.
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[24] .Prior to the awards ceremony, Alex Ferguson had given his backing for Giggs to win the award and stated that it would be fitting, given Giggs' long term contribution to the game.^ But where in the title of this award does it state that the nomnees and eventual winner have to play a certain amount of games?
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ In sticking around for the entirety of manager Alex Ferguson's reign, Giggs has become the most decorated player in English football history.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Giggs earns prestigious PFA award Charlton hails Giggs achievement OBE for Welsh football hero Giggs Raise Your Game related www links .
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[25] .Giggs made his 800th appearance for Manchester United on 29 April 2009, in the 1–0 semi-final win over Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Premier League: Portsmouth v Manchester United 28 Nov 2009: Our award-winning photographer brings you all the action from Fratton Park as United visit the south coast and provide tough opposition in Avram Grant's first game back in the Premier League .
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ In May 2008 he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton to chalk up a club record of 759 appearances for Manchester United by playing in Champions League Final against Chelsea.
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[26] .On 16 May 2009, Manchester United won the Premier League after a 0–0 draw against Arsenal, both United's and Giggs' 11th Premier League titles.^ Giggs celebrated his 36th birthday a day early by becoming the only United player to have scored 100 goals in the Premier League.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

^ It just emphasises the massive changes that have taken place during Giggs' stellar career, which has brought him 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.

^ In May 2008 he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton to chalk up a club record of 759 appearances for Manchester United by playing in Champions League Final against Chelsea.
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.Giggs scored his first Manchester United hat-trick in a pre-season friendly against Hangzhou Greentown after coming on as a second-half substitute.^ Premier League: Captain Ryan Giggs leads Manchester United chorus of caution over Premier showdown .
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Digg it Ryan Giggs' maturity and talent have been decisive for Manchester United in recent matches.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Joabfringz from Uganda Giggs is the only player who made me support Manchester United during the 1999 season.
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[27]
.On 12 September 2009, Giggs scored United's first goal in a 3–1 Premier League win against Tottenham Hotspur, at White Hart Lane, maintaining his record of having scored in every Premier League season since its inception, the only player to have done so.^ Giggs celebrated his 36th birthday a day early by becoming the only United player to have scored 100 goals in the Premier League.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
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^ Premier League: Portsmouth v Manchester United 28 Nov 2009: Our award-winning photographer brings you all the action from Fratton Park as United visit the south coast and provide tough opposition in Avram Grant's first game back in the Premier League .
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.This game also marked Giggs' 700th start for United.^ While Manchester United picked up their third consecutive league title this year, Giggs himself started just 12 games in that triumph, with another 16 substitute appearances.
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^ He used to be marked out of the game though and now we have a couple more good players who take the heat off Giggs to peform he will start to shine again.
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^ Nico D'Hulster, Antwerp, Belgium Ryan Giggs is the reason I started supporting Manchester United as a kid.
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[28] .Giggs scored his 150th goal for United, only the ninth player to do so for the club, against Wolfsburg in his first Champions League game of the season.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
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^ Here's hoping that Giggs lifts the title yet again and who knows, scores the winning goal against Arsenal (Again) to take us to another major cup final.
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^ Giggs is one of those players that will go down in United history alongside the greats.
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.The goal, as well as his previous strike of the season against Spurs, was direct from a free-kick, albeit with a huge deflection.^ The dipping free kick was Giggs' 151st competitive goal, moving him to eighth on United's list of all-time scorers.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

^ A pair of deliveries, the latter from a free-kick, set up the goals in United's 2-0 win over Stoke City.
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^ It kind of seems that during the last two seasons that Ronaldo was getting his high goal returns United as a team scored far less goals during the season than in previous seasons.
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.It also made it a record-equalling 14th Champions League season in which he had scored, drawing him level with Raúl who had achieved the feat 15 days earlier.^ Giggs celebrated his 36th birthday a day early by becoming the only United player to have scored 100 goals in the Premier League.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Peter Schmeichel was arguably the best keeper ever in this league so why not give it to him next season?
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^ Giggs, especially, had been transparent in United's 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League final in May, as if age had truly caught up with him.
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.He then set up Michael Carrick to score the winner to give United a 2–1 win against the Champions League newcomers.^ The Welshman then set up Michael Carrick for the winner in their UEFA Champions League clash, and Ferguson continues to laud his veteran midfielder.
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^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ In May 2008 he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton to chalk up a club record of 759 appearances for Manchester United by playing in Champions League Final against Chelsea.
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[29] .On 28 November 2009, the eve of his 36th birthday, Giggs scored his 100th Premier League goal – all for Manchester United – scoring the final goal in a 4–1 victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.^ Giggs celebrated his 36th birthday a day early by becoming the only United player to have scored 100 goals in the Premier League.
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^ (Saturday November 28 2009) .

^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

.The goal along with his previous two strikes of the season was another free kick, stating his claim for regular set-piece taker since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, he also became only the 17th player to reach the milestone in the Premier League.^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Giggs celebrated his 36th birthday a day early by becoming the only United player to have scored 100 goals in the Premier League.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

^ The dipping free kick was Giggs' 151st competitive goal, moving him to eighth on United's list of all-time scorers.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

[30]
.On 30 November 2009, the day after his 36th birthday, it was reported that Giggs would be offered an additional one-year contract which would run until the end of the 2010–11 season and see him past the 20th anniversary of his first game and first goal for United.^ Not many 35 years olds would have played in as many games as Giggs.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Ryan Giggs signs one-year contract extension at Manchester United .
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ At an average of 45 games per season Rooney would need at least 12-13 more campaigns to catch Ryan which does not seem impossible it is certainly a very, very distant target for a 24-year-old.

[31] .On the same day, Giggs was nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009. On 5 December 2009, Giggs' appearance against West Ham United – a game that he ended playing at left-back – equalled countryman Gary Speed's outfield record of 535 Premier League games.^ Not many 35 years olds would have played in as many games as Giggs.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ I agree, Giggs has not played as many games this season as he has in years gone by!
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ But Giggs has played the most games.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

.On 12 December, Giggs surpassed Speed's feat by playing against Aston Villa.^ Fergie's Blunders Cost Dearly Against Villa (Sunday December 13 2009) .

^ VIDEO Preview: Man Utd v Aston Villa (Friday December 11 2009) .

^ VIDEO Highlights: Man Utd 0-1 Aston Villa (Monday December 14 2009) .

.The following day, Giggs won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.^ I think Giggs should have got a Life time acheivement award not sports personality of the year.
  • BBC sports personality is RYAN GIGGS - WTF! - Sport - Digital Spy Forums 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.digitalspy.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ BBC sports personality is RYAN GIGGS - WTF! .
  • BBC sports personality is RYAN GIGGS - WTF! - Sport - Digital Spy Forums 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.digitalspy.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In his 20-year career at United, local legend Giggs has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
  • Ryan Giggs: Footballers deserve every penny - News - Manchester Evening News 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk [Source type: General]

[32] .On 18 December 2009, Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with United, keeping him at the club until June 2011, taking him past the 20th anniversary of his first professional contract and that of his first team debut – a rare occurrence of a player reaching the 20-year mark with the same club and with unbroken service.^ Giggs: Player of the Year - and rightly so .
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ Ryan Giggs signs one-year contract extension at Manchester United .
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ In an era where clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City can get Ronaldo, Kaka and Robinho to change shirts at the drop of a check, Giggs' devotion to United - the only club he's known as a professional - has brought its own rewards.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

[33] .Giggs was named the Manchester United Player of the Decade.^ Premier League: Captain Ryan Giggs leads Manchester United chorus of caution over Premier showdown .
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Ryan Giggs is my all-time favourite United player, and I am so happy at the fact he has won this award.
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ Digg it Ryan Giggs' maturity and talent have been decisive for Manchester United in recent matches.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

International career

Giggs captaining Wales in the friendly against Brazil in September 2006
.Born in Cardiff with Welsh parents, Giggs represented Wales at international level.^ Born in Cardiff, Giggs and his family moved to Manchester when he was seven, though with a thoroughly Welsh parentage and fiercely loyal to his home country, playing for England was never an option.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Success at international level with Wales has been elusive, but Giggs has nonetheless been a key part of the squad.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

As a youngster, Giggs captained England Schoolboys. .Contrary to popular belief, he was never eligible for the full England team (eligibility at the schoolboy level depends solely upon the location of the school)[34]; he has stated that he would have chosen to play for Wales anyway.^ Young has got to the verge of the England team playing where Villa see fit and he has earned the highest accolade from his fellow professionals, so he can't be doing that much wrong!
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ Sam Woody from Newport Everyone used to seem to be having a dig at Giggsy saying he never did any good for Wales when he played for them.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ People give him stick but it would have been so easy for him to have accepted the offer of playing for England but didn't.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

He was however eligible to play for Sierra Leone, through his paternal grandfather. When he made his international debut in 1991, he broke the record as the youngest debutant for Wales and held it for some seven years when it was broken by Ryan Green in June 1998.[35] He went on to win 64 caps, and scored twelve goals for the Welsh national team between 1991 and 2007. He was appointed captain of Wales in 2004.
Giggs received criticism for his reluctance to participate in friendly international matches. .Since his début in 1991 against Germany, Giggs failed to attend a friendly international until some nine years later, when he then missed 18 consecutive friendly games.^ Giggs is one of my all time favourites, but I think some people are getting a little too excited with his performance this year.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ If Wales had qualified for every EC or WC since his debut in 1991 (which very few countrys have managed), we could add an average of 4 games every two years to Giggs career.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

The official reason given for such absences was that Giggs was injured on each occasion. .However, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson in fact had a policy of refusing to release the player for friendly games.^ Joabfringz from Uganda Giggs is the only player who made me support Manchester United during the 1999 season.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ My dream is to be a star player like you for Manchester United and Wales.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ One thing I admire about him is the fact that he has not played for any other team but Manchester United.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

[36]
.During a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on 12 October 2005, Giggs scored a rare double in a 2–0 win but Wales failed to reach the play-offs.^ WC Qualifying Intercontinental play-offs .
  • Wales - Ryan Giggs - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.soccerway.com [Source type: News]
  • Rooney to follow Ryan Giggs footsteps - Soccerway 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.soccerway.com [Source type: News]

^ Furthermore, while Ryan has successfully guided Wales to nearly qualifying for international tournaments, Sir Bobby became the one and only England captain to lead his team to world cup glory; not even the other members of the world cup winning squad were given knighthoods, so Giggs' claim based on his acquisition of ten league medals is paltry in comparison.
  • Sky Sports | Football | Columnists | Chris Kamara | Ryan mighty 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ If he decided to play for England, there may have been a different story for the World Cup 1998 and 2002.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

[37] .In September 2006, he played in a friendly against Brazil at White Hart Lane.^ The equivalence was obvious when Giggs scored with a free-kick at White Hart Lane this month and then observed that he would not have been taking it if the Portuguese were still at United.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.Such was his display that, following the 2–0 win for Brazil, Brazil coach Dunga paid Giggs the compliment by stating he would not look out of place playing for the five-time world champions alongside stars such as Kaká and Ronaldinho.^ I'm Gutted that Jessica Ennis (and i DID vote) didn't win,misses the Olympics through injury then wins the world champs this year,The girl will be THE STAR in 2012!
  • BBC sports personality is RYAN GIGGS - WTF! - Sport - Digital Spy Forums 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.digitalspy.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Undoubtedly Giggs deserves recognition, but this would be far more appropriate in the form of a career achievement award when the time comes for him to hang up his boots.
  • 101 Great Goals - latest football videos and international soccer goals from the Premier League, Champions League,La liga, Serie A, World Cup, UEFA Cup and more » Blog Archive » Should Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs be winning all these awards? 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.101greatgoals.com [Source type: General]

^ I realise these comparison's are meant as compliments, but isn't it about time to recognise that Giggs has eclipsed both Best and Charlton?
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

[38]
.To surprise of some, Giggs announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday 30 May 2007 at a press conference held at The Vale of Glamorgan Hotel, drawing the curtain on a 16-year international career.^ Plaid held a special conference to nominate them in the autumn of 2007, as the party has no representation in the Lords, even though that House has a veto on the LCOs.
  • BBC - Betsan's Blog: Giggs and Jenkins 23 September 2009 3:24 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

[19] He cited concentrating on his United career as the main reason for stepping down. .His final game for Wales, and as captain, was the Euro 2008 qualifier against the Czech Republic on 2 June at Cardiff.^ He announced his retirement from the international game to take effect immediately after the Euro 2008 qualifier against the Czech Republic in June 2007.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.He earned his 64th cap in this game and won the Man of the Match award as Wales drew 0–0.[39] In November, he was one of three players in the final nomination by the FAW for the Wales Player of the Year award, which was ultimately won by Craig Bellamy.^ Our most successful modern footballer Born: 29 NOV 1973 Place of Birth: Cardiff Famous For: Our most successful modern footballer Biography: One of the most famous players in the game, the Manchester United and Wales winger has won virtually every cup or championship medal open to his club at home and abroad.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ A truly majestic player, one of the legends of the game.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Nellie, Merthyr In the modern game only two players stand out as one team men, Paulo Maldini and Ryan Giggs.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

[40]

Discipline

.Giggs had a very good disciplinary record during his early career receiving relatively few bookings.^ If Wales had qualified for every EC or WC since his debut in 1991 (which very few countrys have managed), we could add an average of 4 games every two years to Giggs career.
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.In fact, he has never been sent off when playing for Manchester United and only once when playing for Wales.^ He wisely stopped playing international games for Wales from June 2007 to devote his remaining years entirely to United.
  • Ode to Man United's eternal Ryan Giggs - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Joabfringz from Uganda Giggs is the only player who made me support Manchester United during the 1999 season.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Ryan Giggs has probably never received the recognition he deserves for his contribution to Manchester United’s success over the last 15 years.
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/ryan-giggs/ 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: General]

His only red card came in 2001 in an international match against Norway, which Wales lost. .In November 2003, he was found guilty of improper conduct by the FA due to his behaviour following a game against Arsenal.^ His goal against Arsenal in the 1999 FA cup semi final, the best goal ever scored, period.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ A clip of that goal against Arsenal is answer to anyone who asks why we follow football.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.In the same week, Giggs received a two-match suspension from international football for deliberately elbowing Russian player Vadim Evseev in the face.^ Nellie, Merthyr In the modern game only two players stand out as one team men, Paulo Maldini and Ryan Giggs.
  • BBC - South East Wales Sport - Ryan Giggs - Wales and Manchester United footballer from Cardiff 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

The offence was missed by the referee but he was later charged using video evidence.

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[41] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 1990–91 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
1991–92 38 4 3 0 8 3 1 0 1 0 51 7
1992–93 41 9 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 46 11
1993–94 38 13 7 1 8 3 4 0 1 0 58 17
1994–95 29 1 7 1 0 0 3 2 1 0 40 4
1995–96 33 11 7 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 44 12
1996–97 26 3 3 0 0 0 7 2 1 0 37 5
1997–98 29 8 2 0 0 0 5 1 1 0 37 9
1998–99 24 3 6 2 1 0 9 5 1 0 41 10
1999–2000 30 6 0 0 11 1 3 0 44 7
2000–01 31 5 2 0 0 0 11 2 1 0 45 7
2001–02 25 7 1 0 0 0 13 2 1 0 40 9
2002–03 36 8 3 2 5 0 15 5 0 0 59 15
2003–04 33 7 5 0 0 0 8 1 1 0 47 8
2004–05 32 5 4 0 1 1 6 2 1 0 44 8
2005–06 27 3 2 1 3 0 5 1 0 0 37 5
2006–07 30 4 6 0 0 0 8 2 0 0 44 6
2007–08 31 3 2 0 0 0 9 0 1 1 43 4
2008–09 28 2 2 0 4 1 11 1 2 0 47 4
2009–10 17 2 1 0 2 1 1 1 1 0 22 4
Total 580 105 65 10 36 9 130 27 17 1 828 152
Statistics accurate as of match played 10 February 2010[42]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 March 1993 Cardiff, Wales  Belgium 2–0 Win World Cup 1994 qualifying
2 8 September 1993 Cardiff, Wales  Czech Republic 2–2 Draw World Cup 1994 qualifying
3 7 September 1994 Cardiff, Wales  Albania 2–0 Win UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
4 2 June 1996 Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 5–0 Win World Cup 1998 qualifying
5 11 November 1997 Brussels, Belgium  Belgium 2–3 Loss World Cup 1998 qualifying
6 4 September 1999 Minsk, Belarus  Belarus 2–1 Win UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
7 29 March 2000 Cardiff, Wales  Finland 1–2 Loss Friendly
8 29 March 2003 Cardiff, Wales  Azerbaijan 4–0 Win UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
9 8 October 2005 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 3–2 Win World Cup 2006 qualifying
10 12 October 2005 Cardiff, Wales  Azerbaijan 2–0 Win World Cup 2006 qualifying
11 12 October 2005 Cardiff, Wales  Azerbaijan 2–0 Win World Cup 2006 qualifying
# 21 May 2006 Bilbao, Spain  Basque Country 1–0 Win Non-FIFA representative friendly
12 28 March 2007 Cardiff, Wales  San Marino 3–0 Win UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying

Honours

Manchester United

Individual

Orders and special awards

Records

  • Only Manchester United player to have played in all eleven Premier League-winning teams and only player to win 11 league titles
  • Only Manchester United player to have scored in fourteen different Champions League tournaments
  • Only player to have scored in eleven consecutive Champions League tournaments (1996–97 to 2006–07)
  • Played in every Premier League season since its inception, along with David James and Sol Campbell. Giggs is the only player to do this with one club.
  • Only player to have scored in every Premier League campaign since its inception
  • Second midfielder to have scored 100 goals in the Premier League for a single club (first being Matt Le Tissier)
  • Most appearances by a Manchester United player

Personal life

Giggs has featured in adverts for Reebok, Sovil Titus, Citizen Watches, Givenchy, Fuji, Patek Phillipe, Quorn Burgers, ITV Digital and Celcom.
.According to an article by BBC Sport: "In the early 1990s, Giggs was David Beckham before Beckham was even holding down a place in the United first team.^ Ryan Giggs · Manchester United · Premier League Sport .
  • Ryan Giggs can end career as he began it – the league's brightest talent | Kevin McCarra | Football | The Guardian 15 January 2010 8:08 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

If you put his face on the cover of a football magazine, it guaranteed you the biggest sales of the year. Why? Men would buy it to read about 'the new Best' and girls bought it because they wanted his face all over their bedroom walls. Giggs had the million-pound boot deal (Reebok), the lucrative sponsorship deals in the Far East (Fuji) and the celebrity girlfriends (Dani Behr, Davinia Taylor) at a time when Beckham was being sent on loan to Preston North End."[45]
Giggs married his long-term partner, Stacey Cooke, in a private ceremony on 7 September 2007.[46] They have two children, both born in Salford: Liberty Beau (known as Libby, born 2003) and Zach Joseph (born 2006),[47] and live in Worsley, Salford.[48]
On 7 January 2010, Giggs became only the 22nd person to receive the Freedom of the City of Salford.[49]

Campaigner

In recent years, Giggs has become a UNICEF representative, launching a campaign in 2002 to prevent landmines from killing children. Giggs visited UNICEF projects in Thailand and told the BBC: "As a footballer I can't imagine life without the use of one of my legs... Sadly this is exactly what happens to thousands of children every year when they accidentally step on a landmine."[50]

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Awards
Preceded by
Neville Southall
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
1996
Succeeded by
Scott Gibbs
Preceded by
Shane Williams
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Gary Neville
Manchester United F.C. vice-captain
2005–
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Simple English

Ryan Giggs
File:Giggs
Personal information
Full name Ryan Joseph Giggs OBE
Date of birth 29 November 1973 (1973-11-29) (age 37)
Place of birth    Ely, Cardiff, Wales
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 11
Youth clubs
1987-1990 Manchester United
Senior clubs
Years Club
1990- Manchester United
National team
1991-2007 Wales

Ryan Joseph Giggs (born November 29, 1973 in Ely, Cardiff, Wales) is a Welsh footballer.

As well as the Wales national team, he also plays for Manchester United, where he has spent his whole career until now. His playing position is as a left winger.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
1990/91Manchester UnitedFirst Division2100000021
1991/92384308310507
1992/93Premier League4192220104611
1993/9438137183405717
1994/95291710032394
1995/9633117120204412
1996/97263300072365
1997/98298200051369
1998/992436210954010
1999/00306-00111417
2000/013152000112447
2001/022571000132399
2002/0336832501545914
2003/04337500081468
2004/05325401162438
2005/06273213051375
2006/07304600082446
2007/08313200090423
2008/092822041111454
2009/10
CountryEngland 563103641034812926790147
Total 563103641034812926790147

International career statistics

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Wales national team
YearAppsGoals
199120
199230
199362
199411
199530
199631
199731
199810
199931
200041
200140
200250
200371
200430
200563
200650
200741
Total6312

References


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