"Obviously, down the years my relationship with him changed - he was my hero from the start, being Welsh, and it took a lot longer to get to know him than another hero of mine, Bryan Robson, because he was not as vocal," remembers Giggs.
"I was 18, 19 when we were meeting up for Wales and there I was getting a lift off him in his Porsche! A couple of years later I was rooming with him, and I grew more confident as I played more and more in the team alongside him.
"He was brilliant to play with and brilliant as a person. He never looked fazed, and the bigger the occasion he'd relish it – there was no better person than him in a crucial game."