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19 reasons why Ryan Giggs is a footballing legend

The Manchester United veteran called time on his playing career in order to become Louis van Gaal’s assistant yesterday.

1. His goal against Arsenal

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2. Gary Lineker played against him


3. Giggs had been playing first-team football at United for four years when Adnan Januzaj was born

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4. His very manly chest

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5. His Secrets and Skills video

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6. His surprise Countdown appearance


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7. His career provides endless scope for montages

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8. He has made more Champions League appearances than any other player

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9. Even as a youngster, he was scoring incredible goals

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10. His emotional reaction to United winning the league in 2013/Ferguson retiring

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11. He’s a big fan of the current Ireland assistant boss

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(From 1.10 onwards)

12. He was around when black-and-white photographs were still being taken

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13. His unique celebrations with Incey

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14. Himself and Scholes were a combined age of 75 when they were both in the team at one point

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15. He was part of the famous Class of 92

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16. Alessandro Del Piero once famously said that watching Giggs made him cry

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17. The hard evidence for Giggs’ greatness

Giggs has made 965 appearances for United since his debut in 1991. He has the record number of Premier League winner’s medals — 13, the most Champions League campaigns — 20, the most Premier League appearances and most appearances for one club — 672, he has appeared in the most seasons — 22, the first player to be named Young Player of the Year two seasons in a row, the most consecutive seasons to score at least one goal — 21. He is also 19th in the list of all-time Premier League scorers — 114 goals (168 overall). He has won 4 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 Champions Leagues.

18. Despite turning 40 last November, we still think of him as ‘the boy wonder’

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19. He took over as interim manager when David Moyes departed

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A version of this article was originally published on 28 November

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