Ryan Giggs : The Leader Of The Red Devils
Birthday Boy Ryan Giggs – ‘The Leader Of Fergie Era’
A Welsh football coach and former player who is the co-owner of Salford City. He played his entire professional career for Manchester United, Ryan Giggs is 44 today.
Early Life :
Giggs was born at St David’s Hospital in Canton, Cardiff, to Danny Wilson, a rugby union player for Cardiff RFC, and Lynne Giggs (now Lynne Johnson). Giggs is mixed race – his paternal grandfather is from Sierra Leone – and has spoken of the racism he faced as a child. As a child, Giggs grew up in Ely, a suburb of western Cardiff. His younger brother, Rhodri, is a former manager of non-league Salford City.
His youth career began in 1985, when Ryan joined the Manchester City academy. He had spent two years there before moving to the academy of the other Manchester club. In 1987 Giggs was invited to the Manchester United youth system and asked to play for the youth team. Aspired to get a place in the first team with time, Ryan tried hard on improving his performance for 4 years from 1987 till 1991.
In 1991 the career of one of Manchester United legends began. Giggs signed a contract with the club and joined the first team. At the beginning Alex Ferguson, who had already been the club manager, gave Giggs few starts, but the young player was sure of his potential; his talent and skills made him a regular in rather short time. He is one of the most respected football players in football society staying in one club for the entire career. His professional approach enabled him to keep performing on the highest level till the age of 40 and remain the player of paramount importance to Manchester United and model for all young mancunians. He was selected as Great Britain Olympic football team captain for the games in London.
Having played in 963 games for the club, Giggs retired from playing at the end of 2013/2014 and became an assistant manager to Louis Van Gaal.
From 1989 till 1990 Ryan was invited to the Wales national U18 and U21 teams and netted five goals. From 1991 till 2007 Giggs played 64 games for the Wales national team, contributing 12 goals.
Giggs was never sent off in his 24-season playing career for Manchester United and was only once sent off when playing for Wales, on 5 September 2001 in a World Cup qualifier against Norway; Giggs received a second yellow card in the 86th minute. In November 2003, he was found guilty of improper conduct by the FA due to his behaviour during the Battle of Old Trafford game against Arsenal (one of two United and six Arsenal players charged over the incident); Giggs received a £7,500 fine but avoided suspension. In the same week, Giggs received a two-match suspension from international football for deliberately elbowing Russian player Vadim Evseev in the face during the first leg of the Euro 2004 play-offs. The offence was missed by referee Lucílio Batista, but Giggs was later charged using video evidence.
Personal Life :
Giggs married his long-time partner, Stacey Cooke, in a private ceremony on 7 September 2007. They have two children, both born in Salford and live in Worsley, Greater Manchester, close to where the player grew up.
Manchester United :
Premier League (13): 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
FA Cup (4): 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04
Football League Cup (3): 1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09
FA Community Shield (9): 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013
UEFA Champions League (2): 1998–99, 2007–08
UEFA Super Cup (1): 1991
Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999
FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008
PFA Young Player of the Year (2): 1991–92, 1992–93
PFA Premier League Team of the Year (6): 1992–93, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2008–09
PFA Team of the Century: 1997–2007
PFA Players’ Player of the Year (1): 2008–09
PFA Merit Award: 2016
FWA Tribute Award: 2007
Bravo Award (1): 1993
BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1): 2009
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year (2): 1996, 2009
GQ Sportsman of the Year (1): 2010
Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year (1): 1997–98
Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year (2): 1990–91, 1991–92
Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2011–12): Best Player
Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2011–12): Most Player Appearances (596)
UEFA Champions League 10 Seasons Dream Team (1992 to 2002): 2002
Wales Player of the Year Award (2): 1996, 2006
Intercontinental Cup Most Valuable Player of the Match Award: 1999
English Football Hall of Fame Inductee: 2005
UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2009–10
Golden Foot: 2011
In August 2006, Giggs became an Ambassador for UNICEF UK, in recognition for his work with Manchester United’s ‘United for UNICEF’ partnership with the children’s organisation.Giggs visited UNICEF projects in Thailand and told the BBC: “As a footballer I can’t imagine life without the use of one of my legs… Sadly this is exactly what happens to
thousands of children every year when they accidentally step on a landmine.” Happy birthday to this legend.
Ryan Giggs through the years….. pic.twitter.com/AaOKaTq2ys
— Vindelof (@SemperFiUtd) November 29, 2017