The player whose full name is Ryan Josep Wilson or better known as Ryan Giggs has been recorded in the history of world football as one of the few players who faithfully defended a team throughout his career.
Ryan Giggs has spent 24 years traveling as the only soccer player with Manchester United. During this time, Giggs has always been the first choice of coach Sir Alex Ferguson.
During Ryan Giggs’s defense, Manchester United has reaped many titles, including 13 premier league trophies, 4 FA trophies, 3 league trophies, 9 Community Shields, 2 champions league trophies and each one world cup between clubs, super trophies Europe and intercontinental trophies.
Inside the gridiron, Giggs’s achievements are second to none. From a young age, his speed and breakthrough on the left-wing became the main weapon of the Red Devils of the era of the late 90s to early 2000s.
However, in his 30s, Giggs began to change his playing style to be more tactical, no need to run too much but still dangerous. At Manchester United, Giggs has created 168 goals in 963 appearances in all competitions.
Giggs also became the first player to score 100 Premier League goals for Manchester United. Moreover, so far he is the only player who has played in 22 consecutive Premier League seasons.
Of the number of goals created by Ryan Giggs. Many of his goals were included in “Best Goal” or “Most Beautiful Goal” nominations. But one that will not be forgotten is Giggs’s solo-run goal against Arsenal in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final match.
At that time, Giggs dribbled past almost all Arsenal defenders, including Tony Adams and Martin Keown, before finally struck the ball past goalkeeper David Seaman.
From his prowess, not many people know, if Ryan Giggs’s extraordinary talent was discovered by a milkman. The figure of the milkman was Denis Schofield, the first person to see Giggs’s talents as a footballer.
At that time, one afternoon in 1981, after going around selling milk, Dennis Schofield took a break in front of Grosvenor Road Elementary School in Swinton. He watched school children play football, one of his hobbies after a milk trade tour. Then a boy caught his attention.
At that time, Denis saw that Ryan Wilson, who was eight years old, had a soccer technique that was above the average of his age. Denis then told me that he saw the figure of a winger who ran very fast.
“I was a milkman at the time, and after selling milk I saw children playing for their school team. I saw an eight-year-old boy on the left wing who ran like a deer. His name is Ryan Wilson. “Said Denis (Quoted from the BBC)
At that time, Denis who is also a Manchester City talent guide then approached Ryan Wilson and asked about the whereabouts of his parents.
“I asked if his parents were in the match and I was directed towards his mother. “I introduce myself as someone who runs the Deans Youth and Ladies FC club, and asks if Ryan might be interested in playing for my team,” Denis said.
Denis then succeeded in convincing Ryan Wilson’s family to play at Deans’ Youth and Ladies FC. From the Deans Youth and Ladies FC club, Denis then brought Ryan Wilson to Manchester City.
Denis has great hopes from City to sign the young Ryan Wilson contract. But the rules at that time, players who were not even 14 years old could not be recruited by a professional club.
And when Ryan Wilson was 14 years old, Denis urged the Citizens to sign Wilson. But City management chose to remain silent. On the other hand, Manchester United who had been trained by Sir Alex also interested young Ryan Wilson.
“When it came to his 14th birthday, I got word that Sir Alex Ferguson and United’s chief scouts, Joe Brown, were after him. I warned City management to come to his house, but they chose to sit in the office while waiting for Ryan to go there, while Sir Alex went straight to his house. ”
It was said by Denis, that Ryan Wilson was a Man United fan and he felt disappointed because Ryan chose to join United.
“Ryan is a fan of United and that makes me disappointed, he signed with United. I was very angry with City and broke my relationship with the club after that.” Said, Denis.
Denis Schofield’s anger was not without reason, the reason he wanted Ryan Wilson to strengthen Man City at the time. According to Denis, throughout his career as a football talent scout for half a century, Ryan was the player with the best talent he had ever seen.
Although already owned and played for Man United, but Denis still often establishes communication with Ryan Giggs. Until he was in the 80s, Denis still had the biggest disappointment of his life when his favorite club, Man City, was reluctant to move quickly to sign Ryan Wilson at the time.
“I’m always in communication with Ryan all the time, surprisingly he is still down to strengthen United,” he said.
“I have seen him grow into a superstar,” said Denis (Quoted from Manchestereveningnews)
Now everything is history, Ryan Joseph Giggs has succeeded with Manchester United. And has been officially crowned as a legend in the Dream Theater named Old Trafford.