Exactly 22 years ago on Saturday, a lithe 17-year-old wearing a baggy shirt and hitched-up shorts ran on as a substitute at Old Trafford to make his Manchester United debut.
Having excelled at youth team level, the kid was already being spoken about in glowing terms.
He was worth the hype.
Ryan Giggs will pass another milestone in his extraordinary career if he appears for United in Saturday's Premier League match against Norwich, back at Old Trafford.
It will be his 1,000th senior competitive match - and the superlatives for Giggs have long run out.
United manager Alex Ferguson, says ''What can I say about Ryan that hasn't already been said? He is a marvelous player and an exceptional human being.''