Ryan Giggs Premier League ever-present: 20 years of stickers

Sticking with Giggs for 20 years… the United legend is still collectable two decades on

-13 version is as classy as ever.

Then... Ryan Giggs takes on Everton back on January 23, 1994 - the year the Premier League's sticker album debuted

Then… Giggs takes on Everton back in January 1994 – the year the Premier League's sticker album debuted

1993-94: 38 appearances, 13 goals

1993-94: 38 appearances, 13 goals

1994-95: 29 apps, 1 goal

1994-95: 29 apps, 1 goal

1995-96: 33 apps, 11 goals

1995-96: 33 apps, 11 goals

1996-97: 26 apps, 3 goals

1996-97: 26 apps, 3 goals

1997-98: 29 apps, 8 goals

1997-98: 29 apps, 8 goals

Since Giggs first appeared on a
sticker, two years after his full debut, United have had four kit
sponsors (Sharp, Vodafone, AIG and AON) and two kit makers (Umbro and
Nike).

Some shirts have been more attractive
than others – 2010 is a particular blip – and Giggs’ age (now 39) seems
to vary depending on whether he had shaved that morning.

As the Premier League's only ever-present player, Giggs' success is unrivalled in England's top flight over the last 20 years (and the last 20 sticker albums).

1998-99: 24 apps, 3 goals

1998-99: 24 apps, 3 goals

1999-2000: 30 apps, 6 goals

1999-2000: 30 apps, 6 goals

2000-01: 31 apps, 5 goals

2000-01: 31 apps, 5 goals

2001-02: 25 apps, 7 goals

2001-02: 25 apps, 7 goals

2002-03: 36 apps, 8 goals

2002-03: 36 apps, 8 goals

2003-04: 33 apps, 7 goals

2003-04: 33 apps, 7 goals

2004-05: 32 apps, 5 goals

2004-05: 32 apps, 5 goals

2005-06: 27 apps, 3 goals

2005-06: 27 apps, 3 goals

2006-07: 30 apps, 4 goals

2006-07: 30 apps, 4 goals

The Welshman has not only been a part of all 12 of Sir Alex Ferguson's Premier League-winning squads, but he has played a pivotal role in each and every one of the triumphs.

Giggs' success initially came as a winger, who's pace and trickery were up there with the world's best, but in recent years he has been deployed as a deeper lying midfielder as his speed has diminished along with his locks.

Such is the level of Giggs' fitness and professionalism that the fewest appearances he has made in any one Premier League season came back in 1998-99, when he played in 24 games.

2007-08: 31 apps, 3 goals

2007-08: 31 apps, 3 goals

2008-09: 28 apps, 2 goals

2008-09: 28 apps, 2 goals

2009-10: 25 apps, 5 goals

2009-10: 25 apps, 5 goals

2010-11: 25 apps, 2 goals

2010-11: 25 apps, 2 goals

2011-12: 25 apps, 2 goals

2011-12: 25 apps, 2 goals

2012-13: 11 apps (... and counting)

2012-13: 11 apps (and counting)

That means that Giggs has always
comfortably passed the minimum requirement of 10 games played in to collect
a Premier League winners medal.

In the last 20 years Giggs has faced Liverpool – his most frequent opposition – 35 times in the League and scored four goals. With the 36th clash looming on Sunday, no wonder United don’t want to swap him.

... and now: Giggs has already made 11 Premier League appearances for United this season

… and now: Giggs has already made 11 Premier League appearances for United this season