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A legendary figure in global football, Ryan Giggs was born in Cardiff, 1973. Widely considered the best Welsh player of all-time, and indeed one of the best in Britain as a whole, Giggs holds a number of records - he is the player with second-most appearances in the Premier League with 632, only Gareth Barry has more; he is Manchester United's all-time appearance leader; and he has won more Premier League titles than any other player, with 13. He is a relative newcomer to the world of management and Wales is his first permanent senior position.

Because of his legendary status as a 'one-club man' for Manchester United, it may surprise many people to learn that Giggs actually started his footballing career with rivals Manchester City. From 1985 to 1987, he played for their academy before being pinched by the Red Devils. He would spend three years in the academy before making his first appearance for Alex Ferguson's side in 1990 at the age of just 17. The following season, Giggs made an incredible impact on the old First Division as did a number of young players (David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Garry and Phil Neville) - this group would eventually be dubbed 'the Class of 92'.

In the subsequent years, Giggs would enjoy a period of sheer domestic dominance with United: in the first ten years of the Premier League, United won eight titles. They were beaten only in 1994/1995 when Jack Walker-backed Blackburn Rovers overcame United by the narrowest of margins, and in 1997/98 when Arsene Wenger's Arsenal emerged as the first real challengers of United's dominance. In addition to these league triumphs, Giggs's United won the FA Cup three times in the 90s, the Football League Cup once, and the Community shield four times.

The highlight of the 90s for both Giggs and Manchester United was the treble-winning season in 1999/2000. Giggs, arguably in his prime at this point helped United win only their second ever Champions League in their illustrious history. To this day, this side remains the only English club to achieve this treble of league, FA Cup and Champions League. This is an achievement made all the more impressive by the competitiveness in the Premier League at the time: Arsenal, Liverpool, Leeds and Chelsea all had highly impressive teams but ultimately Ferguson's team won the league at a canter.

At the start of the 2000s, Giggs was 27. Although he had lost some of his electric speed - an attribute many have claimed was 'coached out of Giggs' - the Welshman was revered as one of the most mature and intelligent players to grace the Premier League. He had survived and adapted to the radical changes the game had undergone in the 90s and he looked equally at home in the new millennium. Arsenal interrupted United's supremacy in the early 2000s, winning the league 2001/02 season (with a team now referred top as the 'invincibles' due to their undefeated campaign that year) and in the 2003/04 season as well as the FA Cup three times in four years from 2001/02 to 2004/05. Chelsea were also on the rise due to the takeover of Russian benefactor Roman Abramovich. Despite the increased intensity of competition, Giggs consistently maintained his place in the United 11.

In 2007/08, Giggs, then aged 34, won his second European competition with United. In the all-English Champions League final, Giggs came off the bench in the 87th minute to break Bobby Charlton's all-time appearance record for Manchester United. The serendipity of Giggs breaking the record in the Champions League final is emblematic of his career with United. Giggs scored in the penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw in full time. United won the league again in the same year.

In the remaining years of his career, Giggs would win three more league titles, taking his tally up to an incredible 13. He retired in 2014, meaning he had outlasted even the great Alex Ferguson at the club. Following the sacking of David Moyes, Giggs was appointed as interim manager. He became assistant manager under Louis Van Gaal, Moyes's permanent replacement and was heavily linked to the job upon the Dutchman's dismissal. After Jose Mourinho joined the club in 2016 however, Giggs left the club for the first time in 26 years.

Since 2018, Giggs has been the manager of the Welsh national team following Chris Coleman's monumental success at Euro 2016 and subsequent departure. His time with Wales has been mixed, but the fans remain hopeful of qualifying for the Euros again in 2020.


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