The truth has caught up with Ryan Giggs and “it’s time to pay the price”, jurors at his trial have been told.
Ryan Giggs is a former footballer for Manchester United and the Wales national side.
However, in April 2021 Giggs was charged with actual bodily harm and common assault against two women. His assistant Rob Page was been placed in charge of the Welsh team for the Euros and eventually took the role on a full-time basis after Giggs stood down.
Giggs denied the offences and underwent a month-long trial, which ended in August 2022 when the jury failed to reach any verdicts.
Prosecutors then sought and were granted an application for a retrial, but in July 2023, it was abandoned after lawyers withdrew the prosecution.
A legend of Old Trafford
A member of the famous Class of '92, Giggs made his first start against local rivals Manchester City - scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win. In 1992, he won his first piece of silverware as United beat Nottingham Forest in the League Cup final.
The following season, Giggs was a first-team regular as Sir Alex Ferguson's men won their first league title in 26 years. He also scored a brilliant solo goal in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal and famously celebrated by taking off his shirt - with his strike going on to win that year's BBC Goal of the Season award.
A year later, the Welshman beat the likes of Jenson Button and Jessica Ennis to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. In his final season as a player, Giggs broke Real Madrid legend Raul's record to become the leading appearance holder in Champions League history. With 13 league titles and four FA Cups, the winger is recognised as a legend at Old Trafford. In his book 'Leading', Ferguson claimed Giggs was one of only four world-class players he had managed - along with Paul Scholes, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ryan Giggs and Wales
The Class of '92 and Salford City
In 2011, several sources outside the UK reported Giggs had obtained a gagging order to prevent details of his affair with model Imogen Thomas being published. However, it was flouted by many people online and MP John Hemming, who named Giggs in the House of Commons.
Giggs was also at the centre of marital controversy after it was revealed that he had also had a long-term affair with his brother Rhodri's wife, causing a lasting rift in the family.
Domestic violence trial
Giggs has an estimated net worth of £44million and earned an annual salary of £400,000 when he was Wales boss. The United legend reportedly earned a £400,000 bonus in 2020 for qualifying for the upcoming European Championship.