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The veteran midfielder finally announced his retirement from the game earlier this week, having broken almost every record imaginable in his remarkable career at Old Trafford

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs finally called time on his storied career earlier this week, announcing that he would retire after 23 years of playing at the highest level.

The 40-year-old, whose contract runs out in June, will still remain at Old Trafford to be the number two to new boss Louis van Gaal, as the Red Devils plan for a massive improvement next season following a disastrous campaign earlier in the one just ended.

With 963 appearances for United, it would take some beating for anyone to eclipse his record, while the Welshman also holds a host of other records. He is the oldest goalscorer in the Champions League, for example, while also having provided the most number of assists in Premier League history. The list goes on.

There will be the inevitable debate about whether Giggs is the best-ever player to have donned United colours and Goal Singapore readers have spoken out on that, with 60.1% believing him to be the one who is above all others.

The remaining 39.9% were not convinced and there are indeed many other candidates such as Eric Cantona, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Paul Scholes and even Cristiano Ronaldo, who have all left indelible footprints at the Theatre of Dreams.

What is indisputable is the remarkable longevity of Giggs's remarkable career and he remains a shining role model for young footballers to aspire to.

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