Ryan Giggs Career Factfile

1973: Born Ryan Joseph Wilson on November 29 in Cardiff.

1990: Signs as a trainee with Manchester United in July and then as a professional at the start of December.

1991: Adopts mother's maiden name and becomes Ryan Giggs.

March - Makes United debut aged 17 as a substitute against Everton. Two months later he scores the winner against Manchester City at Old Trafford on his full debut.

October - Becomes the youngest footballer to represent Wales when he plays against Germany in Nuremberg aged 17 years and 322 days.

November - Wins his first piece of silverware with United as the Reds beat Red Star Belgrade to lift the Uefa Super Cup.

1992: Helps United lift League Cup and that season is voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

1993: Becomes first player to be named PFA Young Player of the Year twice.

Member of United side which ends the club's 26-year wait to win the league title.

1994: Helps United win the Premier League and FA Cup double for the first time in the club's history.

1996: Helps the Red Devils win the double for a second time.

1997: 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.

1998: Injures his hamstring in February and is out for six weeks as United finish the season empty-handed.

1999: Scores stunning winner in United's epic FA Cup semi-final replay victory over Arsenal at Villa Park in April. Helps the club complete an historic treble of European Cup, Premier League and FA Cup.

2000: Wins his sixth Premier League winners' medal in eight years.

2001: Collects his seventh league championship and 12th major honour in total.

July - Signs a new five-year contact worth around £50,000 a week. Sent off for the first time in his career for two bookable offences as Wales crash 3-2 in Norway.

2002: April: Describes United's Champions League semi-final defeat by Bayer Leverkusen as the "low point" of his career. United finish third in Premier League.

August 23: Nets 100th goal for United in all competitions with the team's second goal in league game at Chelsea.

2003: May - United are crowned champions again.

September - Giggs, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following his involvement in confrontations with Arsenal players after a goalless draw at Old Trafford.

November - Giggs elbows Russia's Vadim Evseev in Euro 2004 play-off in Moscow, prompting the Russian football association to call for an immediate ban.

December - Giggs fined £7,500 and warned as to his future conduct at an FA disciplinary hearing into Old Trafford fracas. Then suspended for two matches for Evseev incident.

2004: May - United finish third in the table but Giggs lines up in the 3-0 FA Cup final victory over Millwall.

2005: May - Signs two-year contract extension.

2007: 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. The French side appeared to briefly contemplate a walk-off in protest and later appealed to Uefa claiming the goal should not have stood.

May 6 - Wins ninth Premier League title with Manchester United.

May 30 - Announces retirement from international football.

October 16 - Signs new contract until end of June 2009.

2008: May 11 - Equals Sir Bobby Charlton's appearance record for the club when he played his 758th game against Wigan.

May 21 - Breaks Sir Bobby Charlton's record after coming on as a substitute - and scoring a penalty in the dramatic shoot-out - as Manchester United beat Chelsea in the Champions League final.

2009: February 12 - Signs new deal with United, committing him to the club until June 2010.

April 26 - Voted Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Awwwards