Wednesday 18 October 2017

Giggs dozen a wonder

RYAN GIGGS' accomplishment yesterday in winning his 12th Premier League medal must rank among the greatest sporting achievements of them all. The fact that he has not been a bit-part player in those title wins just adds further to the sense that there may never be his like again.

He made his league debut for Manchester United on March 2, 1991 against Everton, and scored his first goal two months later, on May 4, in a Manchester derby.

Giggs has made 613 league appearances for United in the 20 years since, scoring 110 goals. This season he has featured in 25 of the 37 games, and is almost certain to play in his fourth Champions League final on Saturday week.

His longevity is not just exceptional in its own right, but also because it has coincided with the most extraordinary period of dominance in English football. So far, he has won 12 Premier League titles, two Champions League titles, and four FA Cup medals, along with other bits and bobs like League Cups and Community Shields. And there may well be more to come.

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