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29th November 1973, the day the football world and sports in general, was awarded with a genius named Ryan Joseph Giggs. Born in Cardiff, Wales, this boy would grow up to be one of the best footballing talents the world has ever seen. By far, he is one of the best players ever to grace the game especially the Premier League and European football.
He turns 40 years young today and we wish him a very Happy Birthday and I say young because the man just does not age. He’s being tearing defenses apart since 1991 and if you look at his performance mid-week in the champions league, he’d put any player to shame with that level of performance. He is like wine, the older he gets, the more elegant and classy he becomes. Sure, the black mop of curls have gone, he doesn’t race past full-backs down the wing any more… but at 40 he is still going pretty strong and shows no signs of stopping.
Giggsy has achieved everything in the game at club level since he made his debut for Manchester United as a substitute for Dennis Irwin, way back in March 1991 against Everton. The Welshman is the only player to have played and scored in 21 successive Premier League seasons and this is unlikely to ever be surpassed.
To list out all his successes would take an age but his main ones include-13 Premier League trophies; 4 FA Cups; 4 Football League Cups;2 Champions League trophies; and 1 Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and World Club Cup. On top of this, Giggsy has picked up a few individual awards to go with it too-PFA Young Player of the Year twice; PFA Players Player of the Year and BBC Sports Personality of the Year back in 2009.
One of his only regrets might be on the International front. He never really flourished with his national team but that could easily be put down to a collective lack of effort from the Welsh side resulting in Giggs never really getting a chance to play at the World Cup, on the grandest stage of them all.
But none-the-less, his career shall still always remain on the best ever and he will certainly go down as one of the all-time greats. But hey, he is not done yet… the story continues till the man wants it to.
Once again we wish the Welsh wizard a very happy birthday and he leave you with a quote from the man who mentored Ryan Giggs for almost his entire career, Sir Alex Ferguson.
“To spend 20 years at one club is unique in this era. Ryan has been a fantastic servant to United. It will be a comforting thought if he ends his career here. When Ryan runs at players he gives them twisted blood. They don’t want to be a defender anymore”
– Sir Alex Ferguson