Ryan Giggs has announced his retirement from playing for Manchester United after he was appointed as assistant manager to Louis van Gaal. The 40-year-old, who made his debut for the club back in 1991, is the most successful player to have featured in the Premier League.
1973: Born Ryan Joseph Wilson on November 29 in Cardiff.
1990: Signs as a trainee with Manchester United in July and as a professional in December.
1991: Adopts mother's maiden name and becomes Ryan Giggs.
March - Makes United debut aged 17 as a substitute against Everton. Two months later he scores the winner against Manchester City at Old Trafford.
October - Becomes the youngest footballer to represent Wales when he plays against Germany in Nuremberg aged 17 years and 322 days.
November - Wins his first piece of silverware with United as the Reds beat Red Star Belgrade to lift the UEFA Super Cup.
1992: Helps United lift League Cup and wins PFA Young Player of the Year award.
1993: Becomes first player to win PFA Young Player of the Year award twice. Member of United side which ends the club's 26-year wait to win the league title.
1994: Helps United win the Premier League and FA Cup double.
1996: Helps the Red Devils win the double for a second time.
1997: Wins a third league title in four years and in October scores a memorable goal in 3-2 Champions League victory over Juventus at Old Trafford.
1999: Scores stunning winner in United's epic FA Cup semi-final replay victory over Arsenal at Villa Park in April. Helps the Reds complete an historic treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup trophies.
2000: Wins his sixth Premier League winners' medal in eight years.
2001: Collects his seventh league championship and 12th major honour in total.
July - Signs a new five-year contact. Sent off for the first time in his career as Wales crash 3-2 in Norway
2002: August 23: Nets his 100th career goal for United with the team's second goal in league game at Chelsea.
2003: May - United are crowned league champions again.
2004: May - United finish third in the table but Giggs lines up in the 3-0 FA Cup final victory over Millwall.
2007: May 6 - Wins ninth Premier League title with Manchester United.
May 30 - Announces retirement from international football.
December 11 - Receives an OBE from the Queen for services to football.
2008: May 11 - Equals Sir Bobby Charlton's appearance record for the club when he plays his 758th game, against Wigan.
May 21 - Breaks Charlton's record after coming on as a substitute - and scoring a penalty in the dramatic shoot-out - as Manchester United beat Chelsea in the Champions League final.
2009: April 26 - Voted Professional Footballers' Association player of the year.
May 16 - Helps United win the Premier League and becomes the first footballer to collect 11 top division English league title medals.
December 13 - Named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
December 31 - Named the Manchester United Player of the Decade.
2010: February - Wins the League Cup as United beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the final.
2011: January 17 - Makes his 600th league appearance for United, against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
March - Surpasses Charlton's Manchester United league appearance record by playing his 607th game against Liverpool.
May - Wins the Premier League title for a 12th time.
2012: February - Makes his 900th appearance for United, scoring a last-minute winner in a 2-1 away win against Norwich.
June - Named as one of three over-age players in the Great Britain squad for the Olympic Games.
August - Team GB knocked out of Olympics in quarter-final by South Korea on penalties.
2013: February 10 - Scores opening goal in United's 2-0 win over Everton, continuing his record of scoring in every season of his professional career, which ended with a goalless return in 2013-14.
March 5 - Makes 1,000th senior competitive appearance, turning out for United as they controversially crash out of Champions League against Real Madrid at last-16 stage.
May - Lifts Premier League trophy for a 13th time.
July 4 - United confirm Giggs will take up a player-coaching role from 2013-14 season, under new manager David Moyes.
2014: April 22 - Following the sacking of Moyes, Giggs is announced as interim manager.
May 19 - Announces his retirement as a player following his appointment as assistant to new United manager Louis van Gaal.
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