There surely cannot be a more respected footballer in the whole of British football. Ryan Giggs is a living legend. From signing with Sir Alex Ferguson at the age of fourteen to winning the Treble in 1999, his footballing life has been extraordinary. In his newly released autobiography “My Life, My Story” he recalls the glorious memories of his record breaking career at Manchester United, as well as highlights from his international career with Wales.
He has collected eleven Premier League, four FA Cup and two Champions League winner’s medals in a career spanning twenty years with Manchester United, making him English football’s most decorated player. He also holds the club record for number of appearances. Having received sixty four caps for Wales, Giggs retired from international football in 2007.
Ryan Giggs was born in 1973 in Cardiff, Wales. After signing for Manchester United on his fourteenth birthday he went on to make his first team debut on 2 March 1991 against Everton at Old Trafford. Giggsy’s words bring twenty seasons of pictures to life, as the most decorated player in English football history and remembers the people who have helped to make him a true sporting great. He was awarded the OBE the same year and lives with his family in Salford.
Apart from the cars and a nice house, Giggs is remarkably unchanged. He hangs out with many of his schoolboy friends, and lives within a mile of where he grew up and went to school. “I just saw my old PE teacher in the bar.” People are always asking when he’s going to retire, what comes next, and he doesn’t have a clue. The trick he says, is just get on with it, don’t think about it.
“I don’t think….Honest, I keep saying I don’t think about it, but I don’t. I just enjoy it while it lasts.” When it’s all finally over, he says, and only then, will there be time for reflection. “The last two or three years, you just see how the season goes, sit down and chat with the gaffer at Christmas and go from there.”
How long can Giggs keep playing for?