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Ryan Giggs: 5 major sporting events since his debut

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What has happened since Giggs' debut? (©GettyImages)
What has happened since Giggs' debut? (©GettyImages).

As you probably already know, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is celebrating his 40th birthday today.

The Welshman just seems to be getting better with age. Giggs has had to adapt his game over the last couple of seasons, switching from a left winger to a deep-lying central midfielder.

Giggs was outstanding on Wednesday night, running the show against footballers who were just over half his age.

Wayne Rooney even revealed that a Bayer Leverkusen asked him how Giggs was still playing at the age of 40.

The internet is awash of tributes to Giggs today, so we have decided to take a somewhat different tact in praising the Manchester United star.

Here we list five major sporting events that have taken place since Giggs' debut in 1991:

1) Great Britain host Olympics

Great Britain hosted the Olympics in 2012 for the first time in 64 years.

Former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe and Mayor of London Ken Livingstone helped London beat off competition from Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris to host the games.

Giggs, in fact, played in the Olympic Games as the Manchester United midfielder captain Stuart Pearce's Team GB side.

2) First World Cup in Africa

Africa hosted their first World Cup in 2010, after waiting 70 years to be given the privilege of hosting such a prestigious event.

The 2010 World Cup was a complete success despite pre-tournament worries that it could be marred by violence and thefts.

3) Usain Bolt breaks 100m record

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt became the fastest man to ever live on this planet when he ran 100 metres in an incredible 9.58 seconds.

Bolt broke his own record in what looked to be in relative ease.

4) Sir Alex Ferguson retires

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 campaign after a 26-year spell at Old Trafford.

Ferguson, who handed Giggs his professional debut in league debut in 1991, won an incredible 13 league titles, two Champions Leagues, five FA Cups and four League Cups.

Nobody will ever match Giggs and Ferguson's impressive player/manager trophy haul.

5) Spain dominate Europe/the world

It just seems to have clicked for the Spanish national team.

Vicente del Bosque's side have won two European Championships either side of a World Cup during the last three major tournaments.

Spain have also dominated Europe as Barcelona have won four Champions League titles over the last eight seasons.

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