LONDON - Ageless Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is poised to reach another milestone in his extraordinary career this weekend as he stands to make his 1000th appearance in senior football.
The Welshman took his tally of appearances to 999 last weekend with a goal in a 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers that helped United to preserve their 12-point lead at the top of the English Premier League.
That advantage seems destined to turn into a 13th English league title for Giggs, which would solidify his place as the most-decorated footballer in the English game.
No man can compete with his 12 league titles and he has also amassed two Champions League trophies, four FA Cup titles and three League Cup winners' medals, as well as a clutch of other prizes in a 22-year Old Trafford career.
A willowy winger when he blazed onto the scene in the early-1990s, Giggs has refined his game in recent years and operates more often as an elegant midfield playmaker.
The Welshman will turn 40 in November but teammate Rafael da Silva says his players continue to be astonished by his ability.
"He is an unbelievable player," Rafael said.
"Every game you see him, he works hard, scores, makes assists. It is getting boring. He is just such a good player.
"He is the same in training ... and when you are feeling bad, he comes and helps you, especially young players."
Giggs has demonstrated superb form in recent weeks, scoring three goals in his past five appearances in all competitions.
His opening goal in the 4-1 win over Fulham in the FA Cup came a staggering 20 years after his first goal in the competition.
United manager Alex Ferguson ran out of original ways to describe his protege long ago.
"I think the superlatives have all been used up," Ferguson said last month.
"I don't think he needs any himself. His legacy lives on. He is just a fantastic human being."
As a youngster, Giggs was dogged by hamstring injuries, but he attributes his longevity to the discovery of yoga techniques that have helped him steer clear of the treatment tables in recent years.
His 999 appearances comprise 931 games for United, 64 for Wales and four for Britain at the London Games.