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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