TWENTY COOL AND INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT RYAN JOSEPH GIGGS. Ryan Joseph Giggs was born 29 November 1973 is a former professional footballer and co-owner of Salford City. On club level, he has played for his entire career only for one club. He represented famous football club Manchester United being their longest serving player. He was born in Cardiff but later moved to Manchester and joined the club on this 14th birthday.
On international level, he played for Wales national team and represented them 64 times during the span of 1991 to 2007. He was later named as Captain of the Great Britain team that played in 2012 Summer Olympics.
Ryan Giggs Interesting Facts
Here, in this article, we will be sharing some cool and interesting facts about Giggs.
- 1st player in history to win two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year Award
An interesting fact about him is that, he is the only player in the history of the game to win Professional Footballer Young Player of the Year Award, not once but twice. For the years he grabbed the award include 1992 and 1993.
- Only player to play first 22 seasons and scoring in 21 seasons of Premier League
Another most interesting fact about him is that, he is the only player who has played in for first 22 seasons of one of the most famous football league, Premier League. Above all, even more interesting fact is that he has scored in all of these seasons of Premier League, with an exception of one season. That makes him to be the only player to score in each of 21 seasons.
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- Record holder of most assists in Premier League history
Another amazing fact about him is that, in Premier League history, he holds the record of having most assists with 271. This is clear evidence that he has been immensely useful and integral part of Manchester United in their matches.
- Honoured as Order of the British Empire
The most inspiring fact about him is that, he holds an honour of Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honour list, in the recognition of his great services to football. This is the utmost prestigious honour for British citizen.
- Most Decorated player in history
Another impressive and cool fact about him is that, he has number of records to his name. With 34 trophies he is the most decorated player in football history. In his long player career, he has been key in winning vital Manchester United matches and thus was rewarded with number of awards and titles.
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- Only player to have most winner’s medal for Manchester United
A very surprising fact about him is that, he has been the winner of most winners’ medal totalling to be 13 of them as Manchester United grabbed the title 13 times during his career. As he has been the longest serving player of this great club, therefore, he offered his regular contributions in all their wins.
- Record holder of most UEFA Champions League assists
Another outstanding fact about him is that, he shares the record of having most assists in UEFA Champions League. With 30 assists provided in one of the most famous tournaments he shares this record with another famous football star, Cristiano Ronaoldo.
- Only player to score in 17 different Champions League tournaments
A very amazing fact about him is that, he holds the career statistics for being a scorer in 17 different Champions League Tournaments. He scored marvellous goals consecutively in 11 tournaments ranging from 1996–97 to 2006–07. The only player ahead of him in this title is another famous football star player, Raul.
- Most goals by a British player in Champions League
Another amazing fact about him is that, he holds the record of scoring most goals by a British player in the Champions League history excluding preliminary rounds and holds the position of being 14th top player overall.
- First player to score 100 Premier League goals for Manchester United
Another impressive fact about him is that, he holds the record of being first player in the history of Premier League to reach the mark of 100 Premier goals for Manchester United. Additionally, with 794 games, he is also the player with most starts for the club.
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- Oldest player to score in Champions League & in Summer Olympics
A strange and weird fact about him is that, he holds the record of being oldest player in Champions League to score a goal against Befica in September 2011. At that time he was 37 years and 289 days old. Another strange fact about him is that, he is also the oldest player to score in Summer Olympics while playing against United Arab Emirates in July 2012. At this time, he was 38 years and 243 days old.
- State and Civic Honours
The most impressive fact about him is that, he has been awarded with number of State and Civic Awards in recognition of his great services to football. Most prominent of them include OBE for services to football for the year 2007, Honorary Master of Arts degree from Salford University for contributions to football and charity work in developing countries for the year 2008, Freedom of the City of Salford on 7 January 2010 being the only 22nd person to receive this honour.
- Brand ambassador
A cool fact about him is that, he has been brand ambassador of number of famous brands and has appeared in adverts for global athlete footwear Reebok, Citizen Watches, Givenchy, Fuji, Patek Phillipe, Quorn Burgers, ITV Digital and Celcom. He was also featured on the cover of famous football video game by EA Sport, FIFA 2003. He appeared along with Edgar Davis, Dutch midfielder and Roberto Carlos Brazilian full back. He was also included in FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Legends.
- Personal Fact
Some interesting personal facts about him are that, he is married to Stacey Cooke. The couple have two beautiful children. His father, Danny Wilson, was a former rugby player and his mother’s name is Lynne Giggs. After his parents separated he changed his surname to that of her mothers. There was also news about him for having a long term affair with his brother’s wife, Natasha. National library of Wales has Peter Edward’s portrait of Giggs worth around £10,000 displayed at their headquarters in Aberystwyth in 2008.
- United Nations Ambassador for UNICEF
Another cool fact about him is that, he has been appointed by United Nations as United Nations International Children Emergency Fund UK’s ambassador in 2006. He travelled to different places for the successful awareness campaigns of the agency.
- Launch of Football themed restaurants
Another cool fact about him is that, he along with Neville set up a hospitality company named GG Hospitality with the plan of launching football themed restaurants to be launched across UK. In the start they opened one of the above said themed restaurant by the name of Cafe Football in London.
- Had a great discipline
Another interesting fact about him is that, he has been quite a disciplined player throughout his career with a couple of exceptions. While playing for Manchester United he has never been sent off during his 24 seasons playing career span. He faced only one sent off while playing for Wales against Norway in 2001 World Cup Qualifier Round. He was charged with £7,500 fine for misbehaving during the Battle of Old Trafford game while playing against Arsenal.
- Honours and Titles at club level
An impressive fact about him is that, he has been outstanding at club level. While playing from Manchester United he won 13 Premier League for the years 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11 and 2012–13, 4 FA Cup for the years 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99 and 2003–04, 4 Football League Cup for the years 1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09 and 2009–10, 9 FA Community Shield for the years 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013, 2 UEFA Champions League for the years 1998–99 and 2007–08, 1 UEFA Super Cup for the year 1991, 1 Intercontinental Cup for the year 1999, 1 FIFA Club World Cup for the year 2008.
- Honours and Titles at Individual level
Another impressive fact about him is that he has been terrific at individual level having won 2 PFA Young Player of the Year for the years 1991–92 and 1992–93, 6 PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the years 1992–93, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2006–07 and 2008–09, 1 PFA Team of the Century for the year 1997–2007, 1 PFA Players’ Player of the Year for the year 2008–09, 1 PFA Merit Award for the year 2016, 1 FWA Tribute Award for the year 2007, 1 Bravo Award for the year 1993, 1 BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the year 2009, 2 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year for the years 1996 and 2009, 1 GQ Sportsman of the Year for the year 2010, 1 Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for the year1997–98, 2 Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year for the years 1990–91 and 1991–92, Premier League 10 Seasons Awards for the years 1992–93 to 2001–02 with winning award Overall Team of the Decade, Premier League 20 Seasons Awards for the years 1992–93 to 2011–12: winning award Best Player Premier League 20 Seasons Awards for the years 1992–93 to 2011–12, winning award Fantasy Teams of the 20 Seasons public and panel choice, Premier League 20 Seasons Awards for the years 1992–93 to 2011–12: winning award Most Player Appearances with 596, UEFA Champions League 10 Seasons Dream Team for the years 1992 to 2002: winning award for the year 2002, 2 Wales Player of the Year Award for the years 1996 and 2006, 3 Premier League Player of the Month Award for the months of September 1993, August 2006 and February 2007, 1 BBC Goal of the Season for the year 1998–99, 1 Intercontinental Cup Most Valuable Player of the Match Award for the year 1999, 1 English Football Hall of Fame Inductee for the year 2005, 1 Golden Foot for the year 2011.