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Ryan Giggs: From teen superstar to elder statesman

Ryan Giggs has called an end to his playing career after 23 years and nearly 1,000 games for Manchester United.

Our photo gallery plots the Welshman's evolution from a fresh-faced teenager terrifying opposing defenders to one of the game's elder statesman.

Giggs rounds goalkeeper Jon Hallworth in a game against Oldham Athletic on Boxing Day 1991. Credit: PA Wire
Giggs holding his club Player of the Year award from the 1997-98 season. Credit: Bob Collier/EMPICS Sport
The midfielder turning out for Wales against Russia in a European Championship play-off in 2003. Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport
Giggs and former teammate Rio Ferdinand parade the Premier League and Champions League trophies in 2008. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images
The Welshman turning out against Hull City in his final game at Old Trafford. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

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Giggs 'filled with emotions' after end of playing career

Ryan Giggs has spoken of mixed emotions as he calls time on a Manchester United playing career that has taken in 963 appearances for the Old Trafford club.

Giggs will now become number two to the club's new manager Louis van Gaal.

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Ryan Giggs made his United debut in 1991 and went on to make 963 appearances for the club. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In an open letter to fans, the midfielder wrote: "For me, today is a new chapter filled with many emotions - immense pride, sadness, but most of all, excitement towards the future."

The 40-year-old also paid tribute to United supporters, saying: "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."

Man United veteran Ryan Giggs ends playing career

Veteran Manchester United midfielder Ryan Gigsg has ended his playing career after being appointed assistant to the club's new manager, Louis Van Gaal.

Giggs has enjoyed a glittering career, making 963 appearances for the Old Trafford club since his debut in 1991, during which time he has won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and four FA Cups.

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BREAKING: Ryan Giggs retires from playing. Read the new no.2's open letter to #mufc fans: http://t.co/IMtn2vdt52 http://t.co/Io0mmPISBw

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