Saturday 16 December 2017

Giggs by Numbers

Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs

40 Giggs will become only the seventh footballer to play beyond his 40th birthday in the Premier League when he next turns out for Manchester United. His former United team-mate Teddy Sheringham holds the record as the oldest outfield player in Premier League history, turning out for West Ham in December 2006, 95 days short of his 41st birthday. Edwin van der Sar, at 40 years and 211 days, is United's oldest Premier League player, but Giggs has his work cut out if he is to claim the club's all-

953 From his debut against Everton in March 1991 to Wednesday's Champions League outing against Bayer Leverkusen, Giggs has racked up 953 appearances for United -- 195 more than Bobby Charlton in second place. During his 22 years in the United first-team, Giggs has faced 117 different clubs, with Chelsea and Arsenal his most familiar opponents, having lined up against both 50 times each.

181 Giggs stands joint sixth, alongside Joe Spence, in United's all-time scoring charts with 168 goals for the club. His first goal came for United against Manchester City at Old Trafford in May 1991, his most recent being his strike in a 2-0 league victory at Queens Park Rangers in February. His 13 international goals bring the total up to 181. Giggs has scored in every Premier League season to date -- with the exception of the current campaign.

35 The most decorated footballer in English and Welsh history and by some distance, Giggs has won 35 trophies. Only United (20) and Liverpool (18) have won more league titles than Giggs, who claimed his 13th last season. There have also been four FA Cups, four League Cups, nine Community Shields, two Champions Leagues and winners' medals in the Uefa Super Cup, Inter-Continental Trophy and Fifa Club World Cup.


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