When Ryan Giggs came off the bench in the second half for Manchester United on Sunday, he wasn’t making just another typical appearance. Not only was he appearing in the second half of the most important league game of the season, but he was also tying Bobby Charlton’s Ripken-like record of 758 team appearances.
Giggs’ soccer story begins when, on his 14th birthday, Sir Alex Ferguson offered him a contract with Man U. During the next twenty years, Giggs would help obtain over 20 foreign and domestic trophies for the squad, and he would never play for another side.
At 17, during his first top division professional appearance, Giggs netted a goal. Therefore, it was fitting that in his 758th appearance, last Sunday, Giggs once again found the back of the net in the 80th minute and sealed the EPL title.
It was Man U and Giggs’ tenth title. Fans of the pesky Red Devils will no doubt honor the man as a God for years to come, and even rivals have to admit that Giggs is the most successful player in league history.