After 23 years and 1,027 first-team games for club and country, Ryan Giggs ended an extraordinary career in May.
He almost scored with his final notable contribution, an injury-time free kick but there was no need to script a special farewell.
The most successful player in the history of English domestic football had won 13 league titles and two Champions Leagues. His place in history was secure long before Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic denied him a 169th and last Manchester United goal.
Yet, if there are no suggestions that Giggs retired unfulfilled, there is one gap in an otherwise astonishing CV.
Like many another Welsh great, from Trevor Ford after World War II to Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey now, Giggs never played in a major international tournament. He twice came close.