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Ryan Giggs records

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Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs hung up his boots after a career that spanned over two decades

Ryan Giggs records are just too many since he played for a top club like Manchester United for almost 25 years. Known for his tireless running, ball possession and ability to create goalscoring opportunities for those around him. He coupled these traits with moments of magic like the goal against Arsenal in 1999 to ensure that he would never be forgotten by any football fan.

Ryan Giggs in his younger days
Even though his club career overshadows his career for Wales, he has been a main man for Wales for all of his prime. He is the most decorated player in Premier League history. During his time at Manchester United, he won 13 Premier League wins, four FA Cup winner's medals, three League Cups and two Champions Leagues. He has two runner-up medals from the Champions League, three FA Cup finals and two League Cup finals.
Here are some of the records that bears his name:
  1. He was elected into the PFA Team of the Century in 2007, the Premier League Team of the Decade in 2003, as well as the FA Cup Team of the Century. Amazing.
  2. He was the first player in history to win two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards (1992 and 1993)
  3. Till the 2013-14 season, he was the only person to have ever scored in all seasons of the Premier League. He is also the only player to have scored in 21 successive Premier League seasons.
  4. Prior to his retirement, Giggs was the last remaining player in the Premier League who had played in the old First Division. His career is even longer than the Premier League.
  5. He has the most premier league appearances as a player – 672. He also obviously has the record for the most number of appearances in the Premier League by a Manchester United player.
  6. He is the only player to have played in 22 successive Premier League seasons.
  7. He has the most premier league assists – 131.
  8. He is the the only player to have scored in 17 different Champions League tournaments
  9. On 8 December 2007, against Derby County, Giggs became the first Manchester United player to have scored 100 goals in the Premier League.
  10. He has the most UEFA Champions League appearances
  11. When he scored against Benfica on 14 September 2011, he became the oldest player to have scored a goal in the Champions League.(37 years, 289 days)
  12. When he scored against United Arab Emirates on 29 July 2012, he became the oldest player to score in a Football Competition in the Summer Olympics.(38 years 243 days)
  13. He has won a record 13 top division English Premier League titles
  14. He is also one of two Manchester United Players to win at least 10 Top division medals (along with Paul Scholes.)

His records might not beat the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but he has created a lasting legacy for himself during his playing years for United. As he journeys into a new venture of coaching , one can only hope that he would replicate the legacy of his playing days. 

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