Manchester United veteran retires… but is he really the B.A Baracus of football?
The curtain was called on the playing career of one of the main protagonists at the Theatre of Dreams as Ryan Giggs, long-serving Manchester United athlete, announced his retirement.
The Welshman, 40, confirmed to the club's official website: "I would 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. I am immensely proud, honoured and fortunate to have represented the biggest club in the world 963 times and Wales 64 times."
Giggs became something of a trophy-magnet for the Old Trafford club, as he won the Premier League 13 times, the FA Cup four times and the Champions League twice. He also received a multitude of individual honours, which no doubt helped his former team-mate Rio Ferdinand come up with a comparison to one of the stars of hit 1980s TV show - The A Team.
"Ryan Giggs retires today," said Ferdinand on Twitter. "[He has] so many gold medals he puts B.A. Baracus to shame!"
B.A Baracus is one of the most iconic figures in TV history, and helped Mr. T become a world renowned star - he even played a key part in enhancing the global image of WWE when he main-evented the inaugural edition of Wrestlemania, which this year celebrated it's 30th anniversary.
Moving on to what made Giggs so special, Ferdinand concluded: "No player adapted their game as well and as effectively as Giggs."