LB presents the Full Story of a Football Legend best known by the Nickname; ‘Giggsy’. Our version of Ryan Giggs’ Biography and Childhood Story brings to you a full account of notable events from his childhood time till date.
The analysis of the Manchester United Legend involves his life story before fame, family life and many OFF and ON-Pitch little-known facts about him.
Yes, everyone knows about Ryan Giggs goals and assist record and also his trophy haul but few consider his life outside the pitch, which is quite interesting. Now, without further ado, let’s Begin.
Ryan Giggs Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
Ryan Joseph Giggs was born on the 29th of November 1973, at St David’s Hospital in Canton, Cardiff, to father Danny Wilson (former Rugby player) and Lynne Giggs (a Salesperson).
He was christened as Ryan Joseph Wilson, but as a teenager changed his surname to that of his mother after his parents separated.
Thou he maintained the name Ryan Wilson in football during his pre-Manchester United days. As a little boy, he had lots of balance. Giggs is said to have inherited his balance and athleticism from his father, who was a popular Rugby player in his time.
Starting off, he grew up in Manchester, where his mother moved to after her divorce from her husband.
Giggs spent more of his childhood years taking care of his little brother, Rhodri Wilson Giggs. He was the first child, first son and often termed ‘the little father of the house’ no thanks to their dad leaving them when they were kids.
Despite enjoying much happier times as kids, little did people know Ryan Giggs (Ryan Wilson) would betray and backstab his brother (Rhodri Wilson Giggs) in years to come. [FULL STORY CONTAINED]
Ryan Giggs Biography – Rising to Fame Story:
Ryan Giggs started football at the age of 3 as soon as he started school. This was in the Nursery and Reception class (pre-preparatory stage of his education). He made much progress in football as a kid.
He was once the youngest school captain his school has ever had. Even while he played for England’ Schools, that of Wales were also interested in him. He would atimes travel to Wales to play occasional football, as he was passionate about his homeland.
Ryan Giggs started working his way up to their national team as a young boy.
Ryan at some point, returned his loyalty to his country. He capped for the ‘Wales School Boys’ a record 64 times having recorded more caps for The English Schools’ Football Association. He was the only player who progressed much at both country’s schoolboy levels.
Note: Back then, he answered Ryan Giggs in school but Ryan Wilson was used while he plays football. He had already been caught by Manchester United scouts after his memorable school cup final.
At the match, his assists single-handedly lead his school team to win the Granada Schools Cup in 1988.
After that competition, everyone talked about Ryan Wilson, the 14-year-old who had won the game for Salford.
He made fantastic leggy runs to provide assists for his team’s goals. He was presented the man of the match award in the interview below.
Young Wilson, of course, was the teenage footballer who later became known as Ryan Giggs after accepting to play for Manchester United.
Please don’t get confused, Wilson was his father’s name, Giggs his mother’s maiden name.
Ryan Giggs Family Life:
This section of our Biography tells you more about the Football Legend’s household. Without further ado, let’s begin.
About Ryan Giggs Father:
Thou Ryan Giggs enjoyed a good relationship with his Dad, Danny Wilson, who was once a popular Rugby player during his time.
Their relationship was, however, short-lived as Mr Danny Wilson divorced his wife and left his family. This happened when Ryan Wilson Giggs was only 3 and his dad was 21 years old.
By calculations, he gave birth to his first son, Ryan Giggs Wilson, at the age of 18. That horrible period of splitting up and leaving his wife to the family came when she was pregnant with his second child.
Mr Danny Wilson later regretted his actions and blames himself for the mess the family later went through.
After several personal problems, including being jailed for drink-driving, he tried to rebuild a relationship with his sons but says that his ‘poisonous relationship’ with their mother made it difficult. He later got married to his long term partner, Dawn Pritchard.
About Ryan Giggs Mother:
She is Lynne Giggs, the super mum who raised her sons to the best of her abilities after her Cardiff born husband, Wilson, left her.
According to Lynne ‘Wilson left me for reasons that he wasn’t ready for fatherhood at the young age of 20. At that time, he enjoyed hanging out, flirting with his girlfriends instead of his staying with his family. He was never in love with me. He used and dumped me.’
As a single mom, she felt all alone most time. She could only connect with her two boys Ryan Giggs Wilson and Rhodri Wilson Giggs who mean the most to her.
As a single mum doing the toughest job in the world (raising boys), her responsibility was doubled. Managing the home, the kids, and family finances all alone came with lots of grit plus determination.
However, she scaled through tough times and watched her boys grow to become the children of her dreams.
Ryan Giggs Love Story:
Giggs married his long-time partner, Stacey Cooke, in a private ceremony on 7 September 2007.
They have two children, both born in Salford and live in Worsley, Greater Manchester, close to where the player grew up.
The couple finally separated in April 2016 following his alleged flirting with a waitress employed at George’s, the upmarket Manchester restaurant he opened in 2014.
Their marriage also got destroyed when his wife observed he had an eight-year affair with his younger brother, Rhodri’s wife named Natasha Lever.
Giggs little brother, Rhodi has vowed never to forgive him for his affair with his wife. Reports also suggest that Giggs had another relationship with former Miss Wales Imogen Thomas.
Since their separation, Ryan Giggs has been locked in a £40 million divorce battle. The former Manchester United and Wales midfielder has been in a lengthy court battle with his wife Stacey over a share of his fortune, earned during a trophy-laden 24-year career.
Ryan Giggs Untold Biography Facts – Feud / Issue with Father:
The estranged father of Ryan Giggs has popped up and finally spoke out the ultimate betrayal his son committed. Note: They have not spoken for several years.
First, it was wishing his son will fail in his career. After Giggs became interim manager of Manchester United in 2014, his father told British tabloid The Sun that
“I don’t see how the players can trust him after what he did to his brother,” referring to Giggs allegedly having a long-term affair with and impregnating his brother Rhodri’s wife, Natasha Giggs. Wilson accused Ryan of being “a cheat, unfaithful and a liar.”
Giggs father and Former Welsh rugby star Danny Wilson have said that the family has been ripped apart by the Manchester United player’s actions.
Speaking to the Daily Star he said: ‘I would never close my door to any of my children. But I won’t defend Ryan any more. I’m through with it. I’ve given up on him. Sleeping with his brother’s wife is the ‘lowest thing anyone could ever do to somebody’.
The devastated father said he had ‘given up’ on the old winger.
Giggs finally tendered an apology to his younger brother Rhodri for the eight-year affair he had with his wife. Here are the pictures of all parties involved.
Ryan Giggs Untold Biography Facts – Jose Mourinho Stole his place:
Van Gaal’s sacking and Mourinho’s subsequent appointment left Giggs in limbo and frustration.
First, he was very unhappy with the club for being overlooked for the manager’s role despite spending up to three decades with them.
According to Jose Mourinho,
“I never run away from my responsibility. The reality is that it is not my responsibility that Ryan Giggs is not in the club. The job Ryan wanted is the job the club decided to give me. It’s not my fault. It was 29 years he spent at the club and not 29 days”
Ryan Giggs Facts – What he is remembered for:
He was a loyal servant. Giggs played under Sir Alex Ferguson for his entire career.
Since signing as a fourteen-year-old with Sir Alex Ferguson, he has become the most decorated player in English football history and collected eleven Premier League, four FA Cup and two Champions League winners medals, plus some very special memories along the way.
Giggs was the first person to ever win the PFA Young Player of the Year Award two seasons in a row (1991/92 and 1992/93).
His total football career stood a spanning 1,027 games against a ridiculous 117 teams over the course of his career. In total, he is the only man to have played 19 champions league campaigns.
Ryan Giggs Biography – More Notable Facts:
- He won 34 trophies. That’s nine more than Manchester City have won in their entire history.
- His Manchester United Premier League playing career lasted 7,934 days.
- Giggs holds the premiership record for the most number of assists in the Premier League history with 271. Some of Ryan Gigg’s goals were spectacular and were shortlisted for goals of the season.
- If a player made his debut this year and played for the same length of time as Giggs, he would make his final appearance in the year 2039.
- Phil Jones wasn’t born when Giggs made his Man United debut.
- Only 12 TEAMS have played more Premier League games than Giggs: Chelsea, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Man United. Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle, West Ham, Man City, Blackburn and Southampton.
- He made 151 Champions League appearances, third on the all-time list behind Xavi (157) and Iker Casillas (158)… and the exact same number of Champions League games Chelsea have played in their entire history.
- He has been substituted more times than any other player in Premier League history (134)..
- He scored 168 goals in total for United. Despite not being known as a goalscorer, only six men have scored more for the club (George Best, Dennis Viollet, Jack Rowley, Denis Law, Wayne Rooney and Sir Bobby Charlton).
- When Giggs smashed the ball into the top corner of the Benfica goal on 14 September 2011, he became the oldest scorer in the Champions League at 37 years, 289 days.
Ryan Giggs Facts – Wearing Bikini Bra:
Ryan Giggs has once shown off his white bits in a dressing room reunion with his Class of 92 buddies. Why the Welshman was wearing a bikini on a pre-season tour of Los Angeles remains unknown.
Ryan Giggs Disciplinary Record:
Giggs was never sent off in his 24-season playing career for Manchester United and was only once sent off when playing for Wales, on 5 September 2001 in a World Cup qualifier against Norway. It was only a second yellow card which he received in the 86th minute.
In November 2003, he was found guilty of improper conduct by the FA due to his behaviour during the Battle of Old Trafford game against Arsenal (one of two United and six Arsenal players charged over the incident).
Giggs received a £7,500 fine but avoided suspension. In the same week, Giggs received a two-match suspension from international football for deliberately elbowing Russian player Vadim Evseev in the face during the first leg of the Euro 2004 play-offs.
The offence was missed by referee Lucílio Batista, but Giggs was later charged using video evidence.