Ryan Giggs has retired from playing football on the day he was named as the new assistant manager to Louis Van Gaal, according to the Telegraph.
The winger retires having played solely for Manchester United, making 963 appearances for his club and 64 appearances for Wales.
In an open letter on Manchester United's website Giggs explained why he has hung up his boots.
Giggs said: "Today is a fantastic day for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is a great appointment and let me begin by telling you how delighted I am to be working with someone of his calibre.
"His credentials are second to none and I'm positive the club will thrive under his leadership over the coming years.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from professional football and embark upon a new and exciting chapter in my life, as assistant manager of Manchester United."
The Welshman is the most decorated player in English football, having won 34 trophies which includes 13 league titles, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues. One thing Giggs didn't achieve in his long career was to play in a major international tournament, with the Euro 2004 play-off against Russia the closest he came.
Giggs retires having scored 168 times for United with his most famous goal coming against Arsenal in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final replay which was voted the greatest FA Cup goal of all time.
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