Images: Giggs' astonishing journey to 1000 matches

 

Breaking into the team in 1991, Ryan Giggs was quick to establish himself as a regular. Here he is in 1993, curly hair and unlimited energy on the left wing. Getty Images

Breaking into the team in 1991, Ryan Giggs was quick to establish himself as a regular. Here he is, curly hair and unlimited energy on the left wing. Getty Images

 

Probably the most famous Giggs image. The Welshman celebrated probably the best goal of his career against Arsenal in the FA Cup in 1999 by removing his shirt and swirling it around in delight. Reuters

Probably the most famous Giggs image. The Welshman celebrated probably the best goal of his career against Arsenal in the FA Cup in 1999 by removing his shirt and swirling it around in delight. Reuters

 

Throughout his career, Giggs has played with 244 teammates — Eric Cantona and David Beckham among them. Current teammates David de Gea and Danny Welbeck were three months old when Giggs started his career. Phil Jones was not even born. Reuters

Throughout his career, Giggs has played with 244 teammates — Eric Cantona and David Beckham among them. Reuters

 

Giggs scores a brilliant equaliser against Juventus in the 1999 treble campaign. He has amassed 143 appearances in the Champions League until now. Getty Images

Giggs scores a brilliant equaliser against Juventus in the 1999 treble campaign. He has amassed 143 appearances in the Champions League until now. Getty Images

 

Giggs celebrating with Peter Schmeichel after United won the Champions League against Bayern Munich in 1999. Reuters

Giggs celebrating with Peter Schmeichel after United won the Champions League against Bayern Munich in 1999. Reuters

 

He would go on to win another Champions League medal when United beat Chelsea in 2008. He scored a penalty in the shootout and broke Sir Bobby Charlton's appearances record for United on the same night. Getty Images

He would go on to win another Champions League medal when United beat Chelsea in 2008. He scored a penalty in the shootout and broke Sir Bobby Charlton's appearances record for United on the same night. Getty Images

 

Giggs scored a vital goal for United to seal the 2008 Premier League title. He has won a total of 12 EPL titles so far and is looking good for a 13th. Reuters

Giggs scored a vital goal for United to seal the 2008 Premier League title. He has won a total of 12 EPL titles so far and is looking good for a 13th. Reuters

 

Giggs has scored in every Premier League season so far. This goal against Everton meant his name has appeared once on the score-sheet in all 23 campaigns he has been part of. Getty Images

Giggs has scored in every Premier League season so far. This goal against Everton meant his name has appeared once in all 23 campaigns he has been part of. Getty Images

 

But Giggs never tasted success with Wales. He was named their skipper in 2004 and retired after this game against Czech Republic in 2007. He gained 64 caps. Reuters

But Giggs never tasted success with Wales. He was named their skipper in 2004 and retired after this game against Czech Republic in 2007. He gained 64 caps. Reuters

 

Beckham didn't make it to Team GB at the London Olympics, but Giggs certainly did — and he led a team of youngsters — half of whom may have been in their nappies or not born at all when Giggs made his debut. Getty Images

Beckham didn't make it to Team GB at the London Olympics, but Giggs certainly did — and he led a team of youngsters — half of whom may have been in their nappies or not born at all when Giggs made his debut. Getty Images