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. English soccer was expecting big things.
He has been worth all the hype.
His hair now thinning on top and specks of grayforming above his ears, 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 the 39-year-old Welshman have long run out.
''Everyone should take an example of Ryan Giggs because what he has done is really, really wonderful, amazing,'' FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday.
Managers, players and teammates have been effusive in their praise all week. Swansea manager Michael Laudrup labeled him...