Ryan Joseph Giggs was born on November 29, 1973, in Cardiff, Wales. He turned professional on his 17th birthday, and made his League debut against Everton at Old Trafford on March 2, 1991.
Ryan Giggs is Manchester United's most decorated player, having won 13 Premiership titles – more than any other player in British history – three League Cup medals, four FA Cup medals, two Champions League titles, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup.
His appearance in winning a second Champions League title win was also the match during which he beat Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 758 appearances for Manchester United.
He also appeared 64 times for Wales, scoring 12 goals. He retired from international football on June 2, 2007, and was once the youngest player to ever represent his country.
As a youngster, Giggs captained England Schoolboys. Contrary to popular belief, he was never eligible for the full England team since eligibility at the schoolboy level depends solely upon the location of the school - in Giggs' case Moorside High School in Salford. Plus, all Giggs' parents and grandparents were Welsh.
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.
In 1992 that Giggs picked up his first silverware, the League Cup, and in 1992-93 Ryan was part of the team that lifted the League championship, then Premier League, for the first time in 26 years. Giggs' emergence, and the arrival of Eric Cantona from Leeds United, heralded the start of a new golden era. His dazzling skills and good looks meant he quickly earned the tag of the next George Best, and he captured the public's imagination like no-one else.
The scorer of many fantastic goals in his long and distinguished career, probably the best was his goal in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal. With United down to ten men and penalties beckoning, Giggs picked up the ball in his own half, dribbled through the Arsenal defence and powered a left-foot shot past Tony Adams and David Seaman into the roof of the net before, famously, whipping off his shirt to celebrate.
More trophies followed in the 2000s and against a backdrop of ever changing players as Ferguson continually built and dismantled new sides, Giggs remained a constant. After David Moyes' departure during the 2013-14 season Giggs was made caretaker manager for the final four matches of the season. He retired from playing at the end of the season having scored 168 goals for United in 963 appearances for the Old Trafford side.