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40 Ryan Giggs facts to blow your mind as the Manchester United winger retires from playing

The Welsh wizard has taken the reins at Old Trafford, and to celebrate, here are 40 facts to share with your mate sin the pub

by Josh Powell | April 25, 2014

To celebrate Ryan Giggs’ 40th birthday at the end of November last year we scoured the history books for the top 40 stats on the Welshman that would blow your mind. Now six months or so later, and Giggs has retired from playing to concentrate on being assistant manager of the club under new gaffer Louis Van Gaal.

To celebrate his new role as the assistant boss we’re bringing the stats back, so sit back and learn 40 mind blowing things you didn’t know about Giggsy.

Let’s start with Ryan Giggs’ first Premier League goal…

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1. Giggs’ first goal for Manchester United was probably not his. It came in a 1-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday May 4, 1991 via a massive deflection off Colin Hendry

2. United have played 4,360 times in the league since 1892. Giggs has played in approx 15 per cent of these games.

3. Ryan Giggs has picked up just 29 bookings in his footballing career.

Now set your face to stunned…

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4. Manchester United team-mate Phil Jones wasn’t born when Giggs made his Manchester United debut on March 2, 1991

5. Ryan Giggs has played against 117 teams in his Manchester United career

6. Giggs has played in 613 Premier League games. That is more than …Middlesbrough (536), Southampton (544), Bolton (494), Leeds (468), Fulham (456), Sunderland (456), Coventry (354), Sheff Wednesday (316), Wimbledon (316), Leicester (308), Charlton (304) Wigan (292), Birmingham (266), Portsmouth (266), Derby (266), West Brom (266), Norwich (240), QPR (228), Ipswich (202), Nottingham Forest (198), Stoke (178), Crystal Palace (172), Wolves (152), Sheffield United (122), Reading (102), Oldham (84), Hull (88), Bradford (76), Watford (76), Swansea (76), Swindon (42), Blackpool (38), Barnsley (38) and Burnley (38).

7. Ryan Giggs’ dad is former rugby player Danny Wilson who was capped for Wales

David Beckham has nothing on Giggsy

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8. By the time David Beckham made his Manchester United debut in 1992, Giggs had already won a League Cup, Super Cup, and Young Player of the Year award

9. Alex Ferguson once chased an 18-year-old Giggs out of a house-party at Lee Sharpe’s gaff. This was the only time anyone caught him

10. Juventus legend Alessandro Del Perio described Giggs as being one of two players who made him cry. The other was Roberto Baggio

11. Ryan Giggs played in his own testimonial. It was against Celtic in 2002 and he was aged just 29

He scores just as much on the pitch as he does off it…

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12. Giggs has scored 109 Premier League goals. This is more than Barnsley (37), Burnley (42), Swindon (47), Blackpool (55), Watford (64), Bradford (68), Hull (82), Swansea (99) and Oldham (105)

13. Of his 109 goals, 50 have come in the first half of games and 59 have come in the second half

14. Ryan Giggs has the most assists in Premier League history with 280 – the last coming against Swansea on the opening day of the season. 75 per cent of these have come from open play

15. Ryan Giggs has averaged one goal every five-and-a-half games in his footballing career

16. Giggs has scored more goals against Tottenham than against any other club

But things have changed since he first found the back of the net…

17. Nobody had moshed to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ when Giggs first scored for United. It hadn’t been released

18. When Ryan Giggs first scored for United petrol was less than 40p a litre

19. PC World opened its first ever store the same year Giggs scored his first ever professional goal

20. Manchester United have played Liverpool 42 times in the Premier League. Giggs has played in 38 of those meetings

21. Ryan Giggs was the third ever teenager to score in the Premier League, behind Paul Bernard and Ray Parlour

Ryan Giggs has broken every record going…

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22. Giggs is the only man to have played in 19 Champions League campaigns

23. Ryan Giggs has more hair on his chest than a fully-grown brown bear

24. He has slept with more women than Paul Scholes has ginger pubes

25. Giggs is one of five Welsh men who have been inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame

26. He is the only Premier League player to have won the Golden Foot Award

27. Giggs was the first person to ever win the PFA Young Player of the Year Award two seasons on the spin (in 1991/92 and 1992/93)

28. Giggs was spotted as a youngster by newsagent and Old Trafford steward Harold Wood.

29. In 1994 Giggs had his own programme on Channel 4 called ‘Ryan Giggs’ Soccer Skills’

Then there is ‘that’ goal…

30. Ryan Giggs has won the Goal of the Season award just once. That was for his goal in the FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal in 1999. He picked the ball up on the half-way line beat four players and smashed the ball into the roof of the net over David Seaman

31. There are 65 players in the Premier League who were not born when Ryan Giggs made his Manchester United debut

32. He is the 22nd person to receive the Freedom of the City of Salford

33. Giggs was the second midfielder to reach 100 goals for one club behind Matt Le Tissier

34. Ryan Giggs was GQ’s Sportsman of the Year in 2010

35. If George Best had played for United long as Ryan Giggs he would still have been there when Sir Alex Ferguson took over in 1986

There are plenty of advantages to being world-class…

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36. Giggs captained the Great Britain side at the 2012 Olympics

37. He has been in three Champions League Finals, seven FA Cup Finals and one Big Brother Quarter Finalist

38. If Giggs and his wife got divorced, his wife would still have six more medals than Steven Gerrard

39. Giggs was the first of the United’s players to work Yoga into his training regime but also did ballet training

40. He loves lollipops

He really, really does…

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