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Last Updated: Monday, 26 November 2007, 05:53 GMT
Profile: Ryan Giggs

Former Wales captain Ryan Giggs
Giggs won a record ninth Premiership title this year
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2007 contender Ryan Giggs bowed out of international football this year, but the mercurial winger enjoyed another record-breaking season with Manchester United.

Giggs, who turns 34 on 29 November, received a heartfelt standing ovation in June when he brought down the curtain on his 16-year Wales career.

The Cardiff-born player produced a vintage performance on his 64th and final appearance as he led his country to a goalless draw with the Czech Republic at the Millennium Stadium.

A fortnight later, Giggs was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition of his achievements on the football field.

Sadly for Wales fans, those achievements have all come in a Manchester United shirt - and last season was no exception.

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He collected his ninth Premiership title at Old Trafford, beating the previous record of eight he had held jointly with Liverpool's Alan Hansen and Phil Neal.

His total of 23 major honours also makes him Manchester United's most decorated player.

And his continuing brilliance on the field has earned him a new contract at Old Trafford in October, keeping him at the club unitl the end of the 2009 season.

The new deal will surely see Giggs setting another landmark by surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton's club record of 759 appearances. He played his 734th game for the Red Devils on 28 November.

"A lot has changed over the years but I am enjoying my football more than ever," said the 1996 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year winner.

"The nearer you get to the end of your career you want to enjoy it as much as you can."



SEE ALSO
Giggs signs new deal at Man Utd
16 Oct 07 |  Man Utd
Giggs finishes with flourish
03 Jun 07 |  Internationals
BBC Sport Wales coverage
05 Nov 07 |  Wales


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