On this day 40 years ago, Ryan Giggs was born in Cardiff, Wales. On Sunday, he’ll likely make appearance No. 934 for Manchester United when they host Tottenham. Giggs has amassed 48 trophies through personal and club achievements, something most current players would trade nearly anything for.
To put his playing career into perspective, let’s take a look at the ages of a few of his current teammates. Captain Nemanja Vidic was just nine years old when Giggs made his debut for the Red Devils. The top two goal scorers for the club this season, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, were seven and five respectively. To really make the Welshman seem old, the trio of young starlets, Phil Jones, Wilfried Zaha and Adnan Januzaj, weren’t even born yet.
Manchester United has gone through three kit manufacturers and five shirt sponsors since Giggs faced Everton on March 2, 1991. His 13 Barclays Premier League titles are as many or more than any other club has total, aside from Liverpool.
Giggs’ contract expires at the end of this season, although it’s almost a certainty the Red Devils will continue to extend it on a yearly basis as long as he wants to play. Should he return for his 24th season next year, the Welshman would have a good chance of reaching the illustrious status of 1,000 league appearances. He would join the iconic English trio of Peter Shilton, Tony Ford and Graham Alexander as the only British men to achieve this feat.
Whether he returns or not, Giggs has already cemented himself as a legend in Manchester United and Premier League history.