Nick Name: Giggsy
Birthday: November 29, 1973
Age: 46 Years, 46 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Also Known As: Ryan Joseph Giggs
Born in: Cardiff
Famous as: Footballer
Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males
Spouse/Ex-: Stacey Cooke (m. 2007–2017)
father: Danny Wilson
mother: Lynne Giggs
siblings: Rhodri Giggs
children: Liberty Beau Giggs, Zachary Joseph Giggs
City: Cardiff, Wales
education: Moorside High School
awards: Officer of the Order of the British Empire
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award
Ryan Giggs is a famous British-Welsh former footballer who is presently the manager of the national team of Wales. He captained the English schoolboy-level team against Germany and helped them gain an entry into professional football. He became the youngest member of ‘Manchester United’ and of the Welsh senior team at the age of 17. He established himself as one of English football’s best left wingers and played a major role in ‘Manchester United’s first top-division title in 26 years. Unlike many other footballers, he remained with ‘Manchester United’ throughout his professional football career. He ultimately became the assistant manager of ‘Manchester United’ and then became the full-time manager of the national team of Wales. Giggs has won several awards and state honors, such as the ‘Order of the British Empire’ (OBE) and an honorary Masters of Arts degree from ‘Salford University’ for his contribution to football and charity work. He married Stacey Cooke and had two children. However, he was linked with a lot of women, and this became the reason for his divorce a few years later. Eventually, his relationship with his family was adversely affected. This, however, did not dampen his professional career, and he remains to be a respected sportsperson.
Childhood & Early Life
Ryan Joseph Giggs was born on November 29, 1973, in Canton, Cardiff, Wales, to rugby player Danny Wilson and his wife, Lynne Giggs. He has a younger brother named Rhodri, who grew up to be the manager of ‘Salford City.’
His father was a rugby union player for ‘Cardiff RFC.’ Ryan also played rugby league while in school. He spent much of his childhood with his paternal grandfather who was from Sierra Leone. It was with his grandfather that he initially started playing football in the neighborhood.
When he was 6 years old, his father moved to Swinton in Salford, Greater Manchester. There, Giggs started playing for ‘Deans FC’ and was recommended for ‘Manchester City.’ He was signed for their ‘School of Excellence’ but continued to play for ‘Salford Boys.’ He captained the team and was named the ‘Man of the Match’ in their win over ‘Blackburn’ in the ‘Granada Schools Cup’ in 1987. He also scored a hat-trick against the ‘Manchester United Under- 15’ team the same year.
He went on to captain the English schoolboy-level team against Germany in 1989 and was given an assurance of entry into professional football.
In May 1991, he made his debut for the Welsh ‘Under-21’ team, in a victory over Poland in Warsaw. In October 1991, he became an 84th-minute substitute for Eric Young in a match against Germany, and this made him the youngest player to play for the senior team of Wales, at the age of 17.
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He was given his first professional contract in December 1990, by ‘Manchester United,’ and made his debut as a substitute against ‘Everton’ in March 1991. He scored his first goal for the team in his first full-time appearance at the Manchester derby in May 1991. He was the youngest member of the team at 17.
Although he became a first-team regular for the 1991–92 season, he continued with the youth system and captained the team to lift the 1992 ‘FA Youth Cup.’ As a member of ‘Manchester United,’ he won his first individual prize when the club won over ‘Nottingham Forest’ in the ‘League Cup Final.’
By the 1992–1993 season, he had established himself as one of England’s best left wingers. He helped ‘Manchester United’ secure their first top-division title in 26 years. He gave his first interview to ‘BBC’ at the age of 20.
The 1994–1995 season had a lot of injuries in store for Giggs, but he came back in full form in the following season and played a crucial role in his team’s second double, with a superb goal against ‘Everton.’ By then, ‘Manchester United’ had a new set of players, including David Beckham and Phil Neville. *Giggs continued to maintain his place in the team and proved his worth time and again by scoring for his team. In the 1998–1999 season, he was named the ‘Man of the Match’ for the game in which ‘Manchester United’ won over ‘Palmeiras’ to lift the ‘Intercontinental Cup.’
He became the longest-serving player of the team in 2002 and played a pivotal role in his team’s treble triumph in 1999. He signed a five-year extension of his contract and celebrated 10 years with the club in 2001. The following year, he scored his 100th goal for the club in a draw against ‘Chelsea.’
Soon, he sustained a hamstring injury and went through a poor form, which gave rise to rumors that he would be dropped in the 2004–2005 season. However, he fought his way back to form and continued to score for the team till he finally retired from active football in 2014.
From being a player and coach, he went on to become the assistant manager of ‘Manchester United’ from 2014 to 2016. After a break of a year and a half, he took over as the manager of the Welsh national team in January 2018.
Teams Played For / Managed
During his youth career, he played for ‘Manchester City’ from 1985 to 1987 and for ‘Manchester United’ from 1987 to 1990.
His entire senior professional football career was spent with ‘Manchester United’ from 1990 to 2014.
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He played for the English schoolboy-level team in 1989 and for the Welsh ‘Under-18’ and ‘Under-21’ teams in 1989 and 1991, respectively.
Giggs played for Great Britain in the 2012 ‘Summer Olympics.’
He was the assistant manager of ‘Manchester United’ from 2014 to 2016 and is presently the manager of the national team of Wales.
Awards & Achievements
He was voted the ‘PFA Young Player of the Year’ in the 1992–1993 and the 1992–1993 seasons, making him the first player to win the honor for two consecutive years. He was also voted the ‘PFA Players’ Player of the Year’ in the 2008–2009 season.
He has won a number of other individual awards, such as the ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year’ in 2009, the ‘Wales Player of the Year’ honor in the years 1996 and 2006, and the ‘Golden Foot’ in 2011. He was inducted into the ‘English Football Hall of Fame’ in 2005.
Following his parents’ separation, he took up the surname of his mother at the age of 16. He married Stacey Cooke in September 2007, and they had two children. The couple officially divorced in 2017. His relationship with his family remained strained over an affair he had had with his brother Rhodri’s wife.
Giggs hosted his own TV series called ‘Ryan Giggs’ Soccer Skills,’ which later had a book based on it. He has been featured in many magazines and is one of the first football celebrities to be held equivalent to a pop star in terms of fame.
He became an ambassador for the ‘United Nations Children's Fund’ (UNICEF) and participated in various projects of the organization to promote welfare of children.
Giggs has been described as “Premiership’s First Poster Boy” and the “boy wonder.” He has been compared with legends such as George Best and Bobby Charlton.
Many of his goals have been shortlisted for the ‘Goal of the Season’ awards. One of the most notable of his goals was his solo effort against ‘Arsenal’ in a replay of the ‘FA Cup’ semi-final match. It was the last goal ever to be scored in an ‘FA Cup’ semi-final replay, as from the following season, the rules were changed to add extra time and penalty shootouts in case of a draw.
Although he announced his retirement from international football in 2007, he played for Great Britain in the 2012 ‘Summer Olympics’ and became the oldest goal-scorer at the age of 38.