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Ryan Giggs

Ryan Joseph Giggs Order of the British Empire (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973) is a Welsh people association football who plays for Manchester United F.C.. Giggs made Ryan Giggs first appearance for the club during the 1990–91 in English football and has been a regular player since the 1991–92 in English football. Ryan Giggs established himself as a Midfielder Winger during the 1990s, and continuing in this position well into the 2000s, though Ryan Giggs has been increasingly used in a deeper playmaker role in Ryan Giggs latter years. Giggs is known for Ryan Giggs tireless running, ball possession and ability to create goalscoring opportunities for those around him.

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Ryan Giggs biography

Ryan Joseph Giggs Order of the British Empire (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973) is a Welsh people association football who plays for Manchester United F.C.. Giggs made Ryan Giggs first appearance for the club during the 1990–91 in English football and has been a regular player since the 1991–92 in English football. Ryan Giggs established himself as a Midfielder Winger during the 1990s, and continuing in this position well into the 2000s, though Ryan Giggs has been increasingly used in a deeper playmaker role in Ryan Giggs latter years. Giggs is known for Ryan Giggs tireless running, ball possession and ability to create goalscoring opportunities for those around him.

Giggs is the most decorated player in English football history. Ryan Giggs also holds the club record for competitive appearances. During Ryan Giggs time at United, Ryan Giggs has won 12 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. Ryan Giggs has two runner-up medals from the UEFA Champions League, three FA Cup finals and two League Cup finals, as well as being part of the team five times when it finished second in the Premier League. 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.

Giggs has a number of personal achievements. Ryan Giggs was the first player in history to win two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards (1992 and 1993), though Ryan Giggs did not win the PFA Player of the Year award until 2009. Ryan Giggs is the only player to have played and scored in every season of the Premier League and Ryan Giggs also holds the longest run of successive scoring seasons in UEFA Champions League history (11). Ryan Giggs has been elected into the Professional Footballers' Association Team of the Century in 2007, the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards Teams of the Decade, in 2003, as well as the FA Cup Team of the Century. Giggs holds the record for the most Assist (football) in Premier League history, with 271.

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.

In addition to 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), Ryan Giggs was appointed an Order of the British Empire 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. Ryan Giggs was named as BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2009. On 31 January 2011, Giggs was named Manchester United's greatest ever player by a worldwide poll conducted by United's official magazine and website. On 10 October 2011, Giggs was honoured with the 2011 Golden Foot.

Early years

Born as Ryan Joseph Wilson (he later adopted Ryan Giggs mother's maiden name as Ryan Giggs professional surname) at Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust St David's Hospital in Canton, Cardiff, to Danny Wilson (rugby), at the time a rugby union player for Cardiff RFC who would go on to become a Wales international representative in rugby league, and Lynne Giggs (now Lynne Johnson). As a child Giggs grew up in Ely, Cardiff, a suburb of western Cardiff. Ryan Giggs younger brother, Rhodri, manages non-league Salford City F.C..

Ryan Giggs spent much time with Ryan Giggs mother's parents and playing football on the roads outside their house in Pentrebane. 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 Swinton, Greater Manchester, a town in City of Salford, Greater Manchester. 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. Giggs is mixed race – Ryan Giggs paternal grandfather is from Sierra Leone – and has spoken of the racism Ryan Giggs faced as a child.

After moving to Salford, Giggs appeared for the local team, Deans FC, who were coached by Manchester City F.C. scout Dennis Schofield. Schofield recommended Giggs to Manchester City, and Ryan Giggs was signed up to their School of Excellence. 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 Ryan Giggs by Liverpool F.C. chief scout Ron Yeats.

While playing for Deans, Giggs was observed regularly by local newsagent and Old Trafford steward Harold Wood. Wood spoke personally to Alex Ferguson who sent a scout, and Giggs was eventually offered a trial over the 1986 Christmas period. 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. On 29 November 1987 (his 14th birthday), Ferguson turned up at Giggs's house with United scout Joe Brown and offered Ryan Giggs two years on associate schoolboy forms. They offered to waive Youth Training Scheme forms, and persuaded Giggs to sign by offering the opportunity to turn professional in three years. Using the name Ryan Wilson, Giggs captained England at England national under-16 football team, playing at Wembley Stadium against Germany national youth football team in 1989. Ryan Giggs changed Ryan Giggs surname at the age of 16, when Ryan Giggs mother remarried. Ryan Giggs parents had separated two years earlier.

Manchester United first team

1990-1995: Debut and early career

Giggs was offered Ryan Giggs first professional contract on 29 November 1990 (his 17th birthday). Ryan Giggs accepted the contract and became a professional two days later (1 December 1990).

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 seasons in the league where they had finished mid table, they were finally starting to threaten the dominance of Liverpool F.C. and Arsenal F.C., though they only managed to finish sixth that season. Ferguson's quest for a successful left winger had not been an easy one since the departure of Jesper Olsen two years earlier; Ryan Giggs had initially 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 F.C. winger Danny Wallace (footballer) in September 1989. Wallace had failed to shine at Old Trafford, and by the time Giggs turned professional Wallace was contending with 19-year-old Lee Sharpe for the role of first choice left winger.

Giggs made Ryan Giggs League debut against Everton F.C. at Old Trafford on 2 March 1991, as a substitute for the injured full-back Denis Irwin in a 2–0 defeat. 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. 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. Lee Sharpe, who had won the race to displace Danny Wallace, took to the field as United's left winger, while Wallace was selected as a substitute. Giggs became a first-team regular early in the 1991–92 in English football, 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 Ryan Giggs was still aged only 17, and paved the way as the first of many Manchester United youth players to rise into the first team under Ferguson. As the youngest member of the United first team squad, Giggs looked to the older players such as Bryan Robson for advice. Robson recommended that Giggs sign up with Harry Swales, the agent that Ryan Giggs himself had inherited from Kevin Keegan.

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 Football League First Division before the advent of the Premier League. 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. 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. At the end of the season, Ryan Giggs was voted PFA Young Player of the Year – the award which had been credited to Ryan Giggs colleague Lee Sharpe a year earlier.

By the start of the 1992–93 in English football season, the first season of the newly formed Premier League, Giggs had ousted Sharpe to become Manchester United F.C. first-choice left winger. Ryan Giggs was recognised one of English football's two best emerging young wingers, alongside Steve McManaman, who were notable for being a throwback to the Stanley Matthews era of the 1950s' wingers.. Giggs helped United to their first top division title win for 26 years.

Ryan Giggs emergence and the arrival of Eric Cantona heralded the dominance of United in the Premier League. Ferguson was protective of him, refusing to allow Giggs to be interviewed until Ryan Giggs turned 20, eventually granting the first interview to the BBC's Des Lynam for Match of the Day in the 1993–94 in English football season. United won the double that season, and Giggs was one of their key players alongside the likes of Eric Cantona, Paul Ince and Mark Hughes. Giggs also played for United in the Football League Cup final, where they lost 3–1 to Aston Villa F.C..

Off the pitch, newspapers claimed Giggs had "single-handedly revolutionised football's image" when Ryan Giggs appeared as teenager "with pace to burn, a bramble patch of black hair bouncing around Ryan Giggs puppy popstar face, and a dazzling, gluey relationship between Ryan Giggs impossibly fleet left foot and a football." As a result of this, Ryan Giggs was afforded many opportunities not normally offered to footballers at Ryan Giggs young age, such as hosting Ryan Giggs own television show, Ryan Giggs' Soccer Skills, which aired in 1994, and also had a book based on the series. Giggs was part of the Premier League's attempt to market itself globally, and Ryan Giggs featured on countless football and lad mag covers, becoming a household name and fuelling the era where footballers started to become celebrity idols on a par with pop stars, in and around the mid to late 1990s. Despite Ryan Giggs aversion to attention, Giggs also became a teenage pin-up and was once described as the "Premiership's First Poster Boy", and the "boy wonder",. Ryan Giggs was hailed as the first football star to capture the public imagination in a way unseen since the days of George Best; the irony was that Best and Bobby Charlton used to describe Giggs as their favourite young player, turning up at The Cliff (training ground) training ground just to watch him. Best once quipped, "One day they might even say that I was another Ryan Giggs."

Giggs proved to be a scorer of great goals, with many of them being shortlisted for various Goal of the Season awards. Widely regarded as among Ryan Giggs best were those against Queens Park Rangers F.C. in 1993, Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in 1994, Everton F.C. in 1995, Coventry City F.C. in 1996, and Ryan Giggs solo-goal against Arsenal F.C. in the replay of the 1999 FA Cup semi-final. 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 (footballer), Lee Dixon and Martin Keown before launching Ryan Giggs left-footed strike just under David Seaman bar and beyond Ryan Giggs reach. Ryan Giggs famously whipped off Ryan Giggs shirt as Ryan Giggs ran to celebrate with Ryan Giggs 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 (football) if required.


1994–95 in English football saw Giggs restricted through injury to 29 Premier League games and only 1 goal. Later in the season Ryan Giggs recovered Ryan Giggs form and fitness, though it was too late to help United to any major trophies. A failure to beat West Ham United F.C. on the final day of the season saw them lose the Premier League title to Blackburn Rovers F.C.. A week later, Giggs came on as a substitute in the FA Cup final against Everton F.C., but United lost 1–0.

On a more positive side in the 1994–95 season, Giggs did get on the scoresheet twice in the opening Champions League game against IFK Gothenburg (a 4–2 win, although United ultimately failed to progress to the quarter-finals) and also managed a goal in the FA Cup fourth around victory over Wrexham F.C., meaning that Ryan Giggs had managed four goals in all competitions that season.

In 1995–96 in English football Giggs returned to full form and played a vital part in United's unique second Double (association football), with Ryan Giggs 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 a goal by Manchester City F.C. Georgi Kinkladze. In November that season, Giggs scored two goals in a Premier League match against Southampton F.C., where United won 4–1 to keep up the pressure on a Newcastle United F.C. side who actually went 10 points clear on 23 December but were finally overhauled by United in mid March. Giggs was also in the side for United's FA Cup final win over Liverpool on 11 May 1996, though Eric Cantona scored the only goal of the game. By now, Giggs had several new key colleagues in youngsters Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and Paul Scholes. 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.

In 1997–98 in English football, 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 Ryan Giggs was fit Ryan Giggs form was excellent and Ryan Giggs played in both of United's cup finals that season. Memorable moments were Ryan Giggs extra-time goal in the FA Cup semi-final against arch-rivals Arsenal F.C. giving United a 2–1 win, and Ryan Giggs 90th minute equaliser in the home leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Juventus F.C..

The highpoint in the 1998–99 Manchester United F.C. 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 Treble (association football).

Giggs was also the Man of the Match as United beat Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras 1–0 to claim the Intercontinental Cup (football) later that year.


Giggs became Manchester United F.C.'s longest serving player when Denis Irwin left in May 2002, and Ryan Giggs became a pivotal part of the club, despite still being in Ryan Giggs twenties. Giggs continued to excel in the four years that followed the 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. Ryan Giggs celebrated Ryan Giggs 10-year anniversary at Old Trafford with a testimonial match against Celtic F.C. at the start of the 2001–02 in English football campaign. However, this was one of the most disappointing seasons United had endured since Giggs made Ryan Giggs 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. A year later, in the autumn of 2002, Ryan Giggs bagged Ryan Giggs 100th career goal in a draw with Chelsea F.C. at Stamford Bridge (stadium).

Ryan Giggs played in Ryan Giggs fourth FA Cup triumph on 22 May 2004, making Ryan Giggs one of only two players (the other being Roy Keane) to have won the trophy four times while playing for Manchester United. Ryan Giggs has also finished with a runners-up medal three times (1995, 2005 and 2007). Ryan Giggs participation in the victory over Liverpool F.C. in September 2004 made Ryan Giggs the third player to play 600 games for United, alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes. Ryan Giggs was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of Ryan Giggs contribution to the English game.


Giggs signed a two-year contract extension with United when chief executive David Gill (executive) relented on Ryan Giggs normal policy of not signing players over 30 to contracts longer than one year. Giggs benefited from being largely injury-free aside from a series of hamstring problems.

On 6 May 2007, with Chelsea F.C. only able to manage a 1–1 draw with London rivals Arsenal F.C., Manchester United became the champions of England. In doing so, Giggs set a new record of nine league titles, beating the previous record of eight Ryan Giggs shared with Alan Hansen and Phil Neal (who won all of their titles with Liverpool F.C.). 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.

In the 2007–08 season, Alex Ferguson adopted a rotation system between Giggs and newcomers Nani and Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira.

Giggs scored Ryan Giggs 100th league goal for United against Derby County F.C. on 8 December 2007, which United won 4–1. More landmarks have been achieved: on 20 February 2008 Ryan Giggs made Ryan Giggs 100th appearance in the UEFA Champions League in a game against Olympique Lyonnais and on 11 May 2008 Ryan Giggs came on as a substitute for Park Ji-Sung to equal Bobby Charlton's record of 758 appearances for United. Giggs scored the second goal in that match, sealing his, and United's, tenth Premier League title. 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.. United won the final, defeating Chelsea 6–5 on penalties after a 1–1 draw after extra time, with Giggs converting the winning penalty in sudden-death.

At the start of Manchester United's 2008–09 campaign, Alex Ferguson began placing Giggs at central midfield, behind the forwards, instead of Ryan Giggs favoured wing position. Sir Alex Ferguson said in an interview, "(Giggs) is a very valuable player, Ryan Giggs will be 35 this November but at 35, Ryan Giggs can be United's key player. At 25, Ryan would shatter defenders with Ryan Giggs run down the flank, but at 35, Ryan Giggs will play deeper." Giggs has begun taking Ryan Giggs coaching badges and Ferguson has hinted that Ryan Giggs would like Giggs to serve as Ryan Giggs coaching staff after retirement like Ole Gunnar Solskjær did.

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. After a successful season, Giggs was short-listed along with four other Manchester United team mates for the PFA Player of the Year. 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). This was the first time in Ryan Giggs career that Giggs had received the award. Prior to the awards ceremony, Alex Ferguson had given Ryan Giggs backing for Giggs to win the award and stated that it would be fitting, given Giggs' long term contribution to the game. Giggs made Ryan Giggs 800th appearance for Manchester United on 29 April 2009, in the 1–0 semi-final win over Arsenal F.C. in the UEFA Champions League. 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 scored Ryan Giggs first Manchester United hat-trick in a pre-season friendly against Hangzhou Greentown F.C. after coming on as a second-half substitute.

On 12 September 2009, Giggs made Ryan Giggs 700th start for United. Giggs scored Ryan Giggs 150th goal for United, only the ninth player to do so for the club, against VfL Wolfsburg in Ryan Giggs first UEFA Champions League game of the season. On 28 November 2009, the eve of Ryan Giggs 36th birthday, Giggs scored Ryan Giggs 100th Premier League goal – all for Manchester United – scoring the final goal in a 4–1 victory over Portsmouth F.C. at Fratton Park, and becoming only the 17th player to reach the milestone in the Premier League.

On 30 November 2009, the day after Ryan Giggs 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 Ryan Giggs past the 20th anniversary of Ryan Giggs first game and first goal for United. On the same day, Giggs was nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009, which Ryan Giggs subsequently won.. On 12th December 2009, Giggs' surpassed countryman Gary Speed's outfield record of 535 Premier League games. On 18 December 2009, Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with United, keeping Ryan Giggs at the club until June 2011, taking Ryan Giggs past the 20th anniversary of Ryan Giggs first professional contract and that of Ryan Giggs first team debut – a rare occurrence of a player reaching the 20-year mark with the same club and with unbroken service. On 31 December 2009, Giggs was named the Manchester United Player of the Decade. On 24 April 2010, Giggs scored the first ever league penalties of Ryan Giggs career, netting two penalties in a 3–1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur F.C..

On 16 August 2010, Giggs kept up Ryan Giggs record of scoring in every Premier League season since its inception as Ryan Giggs netted United's third in their 3–0 home victory over Newcastle United F.C. in their opening fixture of the 2010–11 Premier League. As Ryan Giggs found the net in the final two seasons of the old Football League First Division, Ryan Giggs has now scored in 21 successive top division campaigns. On 17 January 2011, Giggs reached 600 league appearances (all for Manchester United), as Ryan Giggs played in their goalless draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United on 18 February, keeping Ryan Giggs at the club until June 2012. On 6 March 2011, Giggs surpassed the Manchester United league appearance record of Bobby Charlton by playing Ryan Giggs 607th game against Liverpool. On 26 April, against FC Schalke 04 in the Champions League Semi-Final First Leg, Giggs scored the first goal from a Wayne Rooney pass, also making himself the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history to date. Giggs also played in the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, where Manchester United were defeated 3–1 by FC Barcelona.

Giggs made Ryan Giggs first start of the 2011–12 season in the UEFA Champions League away at S.L. Benfica. Ryan Giggs scored United's equalising goal in a 1–1 draw at the Estádio da Luz, in the process breaking Ryan Giggs own record for the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history. Ryan Giggs also became the first man ever to score in 16 different Champions League campaigns, moving clear of Raúl González who was tied with Giggs on 15 seasons. On 19 November, Giggs played in a league game in Ryan Giggs home country of Wales for the first time in Ryan Giggs distinguished career against Swansea City A.F.C. at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea in a United 1–0 win. Giggs maintained Ryan Giggs record of scoring in each of the past 22 top-flight seasons by scoring United's third goal against Fulham F.C. at Craven Cottage in a 5-0 win on 21 December, Ryan Giggs first of the season in the league. On 10 February 2012, Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United.

On 26 February 2012, Giggs made Ryan Giggs 900th appearance for Manchester United, in a 2-1 away win against Norwich City F.C.. Ryan Giggs marked the occasion by scoring the winning goal in the 90th minute, scoring from a cross by Ashley Young. After the match, Alex Ferguson told BBC Sport Ryan Giggs believed that a player playing in 900 games for one club "won't be done again". Ryan Giggs has since played with 140 different players in the first team.

International career

Born in Cardiff to Wales parents, Giggs represented Wales national football team at international level. As a youngster, Giggs captained England Schoolboys. Contrary to popular belief, Ryan Giggs was never eligible for the full England team (eligibility at the schoolboy level depends solely upon the location of the school, in Giggs' case Moorside High School in Salford). Ryan Giggs has stated that Ryan Giggs would have chosen to play for Wales anyway. When Ryan Giggs made Ryan Giggs international debut in 1991, Ryan Giggs 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. Ryan Giggs went on to win 64 caps, and scored twelve goals for the Welsh national team between 1991 and 2007. Ryan Giggs was appointed Captain (association football) of Wales in 2004. 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. In September 2006, Ryan Giggs played in a friendly against Brazil at White Hart Lane. Such was Ryan Giggs display that, following the 2–0 win for Brazil, Brazil coach Dunga paid Giggs the compliment by stating Ryan Giggs would not look out of place playing for the five-time world champions alongside stars such as Kaká and Ronaldinho.

Ryan Giggs first senior goal for Wales came on 31 March 1993 in a 3–0 win over Belgium national football team in Cardiff in a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying game, the same game in which Ian Rush scored for Wales for a record 24th time.

After Ryan Giggs international debut in 1991 against Germany, Giggs did not attend a friendly international until some nine years later, after which Ryan Giggs missed a further 18 consecutive friendly games. Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson had a policy of refusing to release the player for friendly games.

Giggs announced Ryan Giggs 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. In November, Ryan Giggs was one of three players in the final nomination by the Football Association of Wales for the Wales Player of the Year award, which was ultimately won by Craig Bellamy.

In an interview with the Western Mail (Wales) on 26 March 2010, Giggs hinted that Ryan Giggs might be tempted to come out of international retirement for Ryan Giggs country's UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, in order to cover for the injured Aaron Ramsey. Ryan Giggs later clarified Ryan Giggs position to BBC Radio Manchester, saying that Ryan Giggs would only return to Wales duty in an emergency.

International goals


Giggs has never been sent off when playing for Manchester United F.C. and only once when playing for Wales, on 5 September 2001 in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification against Norway national football team; Giggs received a second yellow card in the 86th minute. In November 2003, Ryan Giggs was found guilty of improper conduct by the FA due to Ryan Giggs behaviour during the Battle of Old Trafford game against Arsenal (one of two United and six Arsenal players charged over the incident); Giggs received a £7,500 fine but avoided suspension. In the same week, Giggs received a two-match suspension from international football for deliberately elbowing Russian player Vadim Evseev in the face during the first leg of the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying. The offence was missed by referee Lucílio Batista, but Giggs was later charged using video evidence.


- PFA Players' Player of the Year (1): 2008–09
- FWA Tribute Award: 2007
- Bravo Award (1): 1993
- BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1): 2009
- BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year (2): 1996, 2009
- GQ (1): 2010
- Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year (1): 1997–98 Manchester United F.C. season
- Manchester United F.C. Reserves and Academy Players of the Year (2): 1990–91, 1991–92
- Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02): Premier League 10 Seasons Awards Teams of the Decade
- UEFA Champions League 10 Seasons Dream Team (1992 to 2002): 2002
- Wales Player of the Year Award (2): 1996, 2006
- Premier League Player of the Month (3): September 1993, 2006–07 FA Premier League Monthly awards, 2006–07 FA Premier League Monthly awards
- Goal of the Season (1): 1998–99
- English Football Hall of Fame: English Football Hall of Fame 2005 Inductees
- Golden Foot: 2011

Orders and special awards

- Order of the British Empire for services to football: 2007
- Freedom of the City: 7 January 2010. Ryan Giggs is the 22nd person to receive the Freedom of the City.
- Most Premier League assists (accurate records are only available from 2002 onwards).
- Only player to have played and scored in every Premier League campaign.
- Only player to have scored in sixteen different Champions League tournaments. (Includes eleven consecutive tournaments, 1996–97 UEFA Champions League to 2006–07 UEFA Champions League; only Raúl González has a better record with 14.)
- Most goals by a British player in the Champions League/European Cup proper history, and 14th overall (not including preliminary rounds).
- List of Manchester United F.C. records and statistics Appearances by a Manchester United player.
- Most starts by a Manchester United player, started in 757 games.
- First player to score 100 Premier League goals for Manchester United.
- Second midfielder to have scored 100 goals in the Premier League for a single club (first being Matthew Le Tissier).
- One of four Manchester United players to win two Champions League Medals (others are Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Wes Brown).
- Oldest (37 years, 289 days) player to score in the Champions League, when Ryan Giggs scored against S.L. Benfica on 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stage Benfica v Manchester United.

Personal life


Giggs married Ryan Giggs longtime partner, Stacey Cooke, in a private ceremony on 7 September 2007. They have two children, both born in City of Salford: Liberty Beau (known as Libby, born 2003) and Zachary Joseph (known as Zach, born 2006), and live in Worsley, City of Salford, Greater Manchester.


In August 2006 Giggs became an Ambassador for UNICEF UK, in recognition for Ryan Giggs work with Manchester United's 'United for UNICEF' partnership with the children's organisation. 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."

Post-playing career

In October 2010, Giggs said Ryan Giggs would "probably finish Ryan Giggs career here Old Trafford", and that Ryan Giggs could not see himself "dropping down leagues and playing at a lesser level." Ryan Giggs said Ryan Giggs wanted to go into coaching, calling managing Manchester United F.C. or Wales national football team "the two ultimate jobs", and that Ryan Giggs was halfway through Ryan Giggs UEFA Pro Licence.

Gagging order

In May 2011, it was reported in non-UK media sources that Giggs was the identity of CTB in CTB v News Group Newspapers, a footballer who had obtained an anonymised Gag order in relation to an alleged extra-marital affair with model Imogen Thomas. Giggs took legal action against the social networking site Twitter after Ryan Giggs was named by a user in a list of identities of individuals who had allegedly taken out so-called "Super-injunctions in English laws". A blogger for Forbes magazine remarked that Giggs had "not heard of the Streisand effect", observing that mentions of Ryan Giggs name had increased significantly after the case against Twitter had been reported.

On 22 May 2011, the Sunday Herald, a Scotland newspaper, published a thinly disguised photograph of Giggs on its front page, with the word "CENSORED" covering Ryan Giggs eyes. Sunday Herald editor Richard Walker stated that the London High Court of Justice ruling had no force in Scotland, unless copies of the paper were sold in England or Wales.

On 23 May 2011, the gagging order set off a political controversy, with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron commenting that the law should be reviewed to "catch up with how people consume media today". On the same day, Liberal Democrats MP John Hemming (politician) used parliamentary privilege to name Giggs as CTB.


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