The fact that Welsh wonder, Ryan Giggs is still playing top-flight Premiership football at 40 is remarkable. That he's still doing it at Manchester United, the club he first started playing for over 20-years ago, is nothing short of astonishing.

To celebrate our Ryan's birthday - for it is today, dear reader - here are 40 facts about a genuine, bone-fide sporting legend.


1. Ryan Giggs has made 953 appearances for Manchester United

2. He's scored 168 goals for the Reds

3. He joined the Man U squad on the 29th of November, 1987

4. And made his debut in 1991 against Everton at home

5. He is the most decorated player in British football

6.
He has played for United more times than Sir Bobby Charlton

7. He has 64 international caps, playing for Wales

8. He’s won 13 Premier League titles

9. And two Champions League trophies

10. He's scored 12 goals for Wales

11.
He's played in 581 winning games

12.
152 losses

13.
And 219 draws

14.
He's won the FA Cup four times

15.
The League cup four times, too

16. The Community Shield nine times

17.
He’s played 37 games against rivals Manchester City

18.
Giggs retired from international football in 2007 against the Czech Republic in Cardiff. He got a standing ovation

19. Giggs has captained Man united on regular occasions

20. But captained the team GB football team at the London 2012 Olympics

21. He holds the records for the most assists in Premiership football, with 212

22. He has an OBE

23. And was named BBC Sports personality of the year in 2009

24. His middle name is Joseph

25. He was a key member of the famed 'Class of 92' Man U squad, which also included David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Robbie Savage and the Nevilles

26. Giggs scored one of the finest goals in FA Cup history against Arsenal in 1999

27. Giggs has only ever scored one hat-trick, in a friendly against Hangzhou Greentown in 2009

28. He has never had a red card in club football

29. But was sent off during a 2001 World Cup qualifier against Norway

30. Giggs puts much of his longevity in the game down to his interest in yoga, telling The Guardian: "The yoga has definitely helped me. It helps me train every day because it gives me the flexibility and the strength not only to play the game but to train"

31. Gigg's highest scoring season was 93-94, in which he scored 13 goals

32. Granted the freedom of the city of Salford in 2010, he is only the 22nd person to receive this

33. Giggs has leant his face to adverts for Reebok, Citizen Watches, Givenchy, Patek Phillipe and, er, Quorn

34. There is a portrait of Giggs in the national library of Wales

35. Giggs is an ambassador for UNICEF

36. He was first discovered by milkman and part time Man City scout, Dennis Schofield

37. Giggs will complete his UEFA coaching licence next summer

38. He is a favourite to one day replace David Moyes as Man U first team coach

39.
He has been named Welsh Player of the Year only twice

40. ASOS Menswear editorial assistant, @GavJewkes, once saw Giggs open the Reebok Store in Cardiff