Now, as the Welsh wing wizard continues his defiance of the ageing process, while still producing match defining performances at the highest level while in his 40th year, he has signed a new one-year contract with Manchester United.
And as a self-professed yoga enthusiast, he has extended his record busting career to such extraordinary lengths, he could reach the 1,000-game milestone in today’s Manchester United vs Norwich Premier League match at 3pm.
This video shows Giggs scoring in the FA Cup Semi-Final replay in 1999.
The Welshman, who made his United debut in March 1991, has made a club record 931 appearances, scoring 168 goals.
With his international appearances for Wales and Britain in the Olympics added, his tally is 999.
This footage shows Giggs and Wayne Rooney stunning Chelsea with a creative corner:
The former Wales international, who will turn 40 in November, has won 12 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions League titles.
He looks set to add to that tally this season as United are 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League, while also still in the FA Cup and Champions League.
He is the only player to score in every season since the Premier League replaced the old English first division in 1992 having also been on target in the two seasons beforehand.
Video: Giggs and Evra in a 'cheeky' throw in:
Giggs has in the past said that practising yoga has kept him in the game so long, while Ferguson added that his enjoyment was also a key part.
Playing for Wales has meant Giggs has not featured in high-profile international matches as much as he might have done but while many England fans may have rued he was Welsh rather than English, the player himself has always been proud of his team.
A fan's tribute to some of his best goals:
More goals from the Welsh wing wizard:
Football Association of Wales president Trefor Lloyd Hughes is hoping Giggs, who has been doing his coaching qualifications, might one day use them for the national side.
"You never know. Some years ago we thought about Ryan coming to help and I'm sure he would come and help if asked because I think Wales is very close to his heart, there's no doubt about that".