23 years ago, Sir Alex Ferguson added a page of Manchester United history, when he gave an opportunity to Ryan Giggs to make his debut in (then) First Division, as a substitute for injured Denis Irwin. From that moment, Giggs started one of the greatest and richest (in terms of match appearances and trophies won) history of modern football. Now, at the age of forty, he is the living legacy of United’s golden era.
It is really difficult to name all of his trophies and individual honors, but let us say that he won the Premier League 13 times, Champions League twice (with two more finals lost), UEFA Cup’s Winner Cup, 4 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 9 Community Shields, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. He is the player with most club appearances in both Premier League and Champions League, he featured in at least 10 matches in every season of Premier League. Many of his former teammates are now retired, but probably the best compliment he got today came from Phil Jones. When Giggs made his debut, Jones wasn’t even born and now they are playing together on the pitch.
— Phil Jones (@Ph1lj0nes) March 2, 2014
Only thing we can say : congratulations, Ryan! Years are just numbers, class is permanent!