Sticking with Giggs for 20 years… the United legend is still collectable two decades on
-13 version is as classy as ever.
Then… Giggs takes on Everton back in January 1994 – the year the Premier League's sticker album debuted
1993-94: 38 appearances, 13 goals
1994-95: 29 apps, 1 goal
1995-96: 33 apps, 11 goals
1996-97: 26 apps, 3 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
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
1999-2000: 30 apps, 6 goals
2000-01: 31 apps, 5 goals
2001-02: 25 apps, 7 goals
2002-03: 36 apps, 8 goals
2003-04: 33 apps, 7 goals
2004-05: 32 apps, 5 goals
2005-06: 27 apps, 3 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
2008-09: 28 apps, 2 goals
2009-10: 25 apps, 5 goals
2010-11: 25 apps, 2 goals
2011-12: 25 apps, 2 goals
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