Ryan Giggs represented Manchester United 963 times.
The football career of Welsh star, Ryan Giggs, has finally ended as the Manchester United legend on Monday announced he is finally hanging his boot.
Giggs’ retirement is coming after 963 appearances for United, and more than 1,000 overall football game appearances when his international caps are taken into consideration.
Aside the length of activity, Giggs had a largely successful career and celebrated winning 34 trophies in a golden age at Old Trafford.
With Monday’s announcement that he will be the assistant to newly confirmed Manchester United Coach, Louis Van Gaal, Giggs chose the occasion to announce his retirement through an open later to his fans across the world.
The letter posted on United’s official website read: “Today is a fantastic day for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is a great appointment and let me begin by telling you how delighted I am to be working with someone of his calibre.
“His credentials are second to none and I’m positive the club will thrive under his leadership over the coming years.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from professional football and embark upon a new and exciting chapter in my life, as assistant manager of Manchester United.
“I am immensely proud, honoured and fortunate to have represented the biggest club in the world 963 times and Wales 64 times.
“My dream was always to play for Manchester United, and although it saddens me to know I won’t be pulling on a United jersey again as a player, I have been lucky enough to have fulfilled that dream playing with some of the best players in the world, working under an incredible manager in Sir Alex Ferguson, and most of all, playing for the greatest fans in world football. I have always felt and appreciated your support.
“I want to also give a huge thanks to the backroom staff and support teams we have and have had at Manchester United over the years.
“I would not have achieved the success I have without your continuing dedication and commitment to creating the best environment to enable the players to thrive. I would not have won 34 trophies in my career without you. I would also like to say a special thanks to my friends and family for all your love and support.
“For me, today is a new chapter filled with many emotions – immense pride, sadness, but most of all, excitement towards the future. United fans I hope will share and echo my belief that the club, the management and owners, are doing everything they can to return this great club to where it belongs, and I hope to be there every step of the way.
“To the greatest fans in world football, thank you, I have loved every minute of playing for you and representing the biggest and best club in the world.