Manchester: Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs on Friday signed a new one-year contract that will keep the Welshman at Old Trafford until June 2014 and see him complete his 23rd season as a first-team player.
Giggs is also poised to reach another milestone in his extraordinary career this weekend as he stands to make his 1000th appearance in senior football when the Premier League leaders take on Norwich City. The United legend took his tally of appearances to 999 last weekend at Queens Park Rangers.
He signed professional forms with United in 1990 and made his debut on March 2, 1991. Since then, he has made a club-record 931 appearances, scoring 168 goals. He has won 12 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two UEFA Champions Leagues, one Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup.
Talking to the Manchester United official website, United coach Alex Ferguson said, "What can I say about Ryan that hasn't already been said! He is a marvellous player and an exceptional human being. Ryan is an example to us all, the way in which he has, and continues to, look after himself.
"He has fantastic energy for the game and it is wonderful to see. Ryan seems to reach new milestone every week and to think that he now has 23 unbroken years of league goals behind him is truly amazing in the modern-day game. His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever and I am absolutely delighted that he has signed a new contract."