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In Pictures: Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs battles with Tottenham in September 1992

Teenage protégé Ryan Giggs showcases his dazzling skills and floppy hair during a clash with Tottenham in 1992

Nelson Mandela and Ryan Giggs

The United wonderkid quickly catapults to celebrity status and his new lifestyle gives him an audience with Nelson Mandela

Giggs in action against Romania

Giggs gets his first taste of international heartbreak as Wales miss out on a World Cup 1994 place due to a final game defeat to Romania

Giggs (third left) celebrates Man Ute's 1993 title triumph with Paul Inca, Mark Hughes and Lee Sharpe

Giggs' first league winner's medal comes in 1993 as Manchester United finally end their 26-year wait for the title

Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville - who all came through Man Utd's Academy - celebrate yet another league win in 1997

In 1997, "Fergie's Fledglings" - a team boasting numerous "kids" who came through the United ranks - wrap up another title

Ryan Giggs scores his wonder goal against Arsenal

The Welsh wizard scores what is regarded as the greatest goal in FA Cup history in an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal

Giggs celebrates the treble in 1999: Premier League title, FA Cup and Champions League success

1999 sees Giggs at his brilliant best as he picks up his fifth title as part of United's historic treble-winning season

Giggs and Alessandro Del Piero swap shirts at the end of the game

During the Mark Hughes era, Giggs enjoys a rare moment of glory with Wales as he inspires a famous win over Italy in Cardiff

Ryan Giggs and Russia's Vadim Evseev clash

Wales lose their Euro 2004 play-off to Russia after Vadim Evseev tried in vain to get Giggs banned for the second-leg after a first-leg clash

David Beckham contests possession with Giggs at Old Trafford

Hughes leaves for Blackburn as Wales head into a World Cup qualifying group that contains England and Northern Ireland

David Beckham shares a joke with Giggs at Old Trafford

Giggs and former United team-mate David Beckham clash on opposing sides for the first time as Wales play England at Old Trafford.

Ryan Giggs leaves the field against the Czechs

Ryan Giggs appreciates a standing ovation after his 64th and final Wales cap against the Czech Republic in May 2007

Giggs receives his OBE from the Queen

Ryan Giggs is honoured with an OBE for services to football from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace

Ryan Giggs rides a camel

Giggs enjoys the hospitality of HRH Prince Abdullah bin Mosa'ad bin Abdullaziz as United play a friendly in Saudi Arabia

Ryan Giggs lifts the Premiership trophy

Fittingly Giggs celebrates his record tenth Premiership title by scoring the decisive goal in United's 2-0 win at Wigan

Ryan Giggs scores in the Champions League penalty shoot-out

Giggs holds his nerve to beat Chelsea 'keeper Petr Cech in a crucial spot-kick in the Champions League penalty shoot-out

Ryan Giggs leaves the field with the Champions League trophy

Clutching the Champions League trophy, Giggs battles through the pack of photographers as he leaves the Luzhniki Stadium field



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