Veteran Welsh footballer Ryan Giggs turns 40

Welsh footballer Ryan Giggs celebrates his 40th birthday today - still playing at the highest level.

Giggs, who is from Cardiff, has made 953 appearances - and counting - for Manchester United, and won 64 caps for Wales.

Giggs starred against German side Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night. Credit: PA

He retired from international football in 2007, but has continued his club career and could yet be offered another contract extension when his current deal expires next summer.

Giggs was Wales' youngest ever player - and went on to captain his country. Credit: PA

After he impressed as Manchester United thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 on Wednesday, manager David Moyes said: "He is an unbelievable footballer - and you could say he is getting better. He will tell us when he has enough, or when he thinks his time is up. His performances have been excellent."

Giggs starred for Manchester United as a teenager - here he is with the FA Cup in 1994. Credit: PA

Giggs made his debut for the club as a 17-year-old in 1991, and has won 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions League crowns.

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Ryan Giggs turns 40

Welsh footballer Ryan Giggs celebrates his 40th birthday today - still playing at the highest level. Giggs, who is from Cardiff, has made 953 appearances - and counting - for Manchester United, and won 64 caps for Wales.