Sunday, October 9, 2011

Paul Scholes - Genius


I strongly believe that anything I, or anyone else, will ever write about Paul Scholes’ career will never do him any form of justice. Ever since Paul Scholes announced his retirement in May 2011, I’ve been meaning to write something about the ginger prince, but I was unable to find the right words that one of my favorite players ever deserves. I still don’t know what I could possibly write about him which would sound right. Everything has already been said by all his colleagues and peers, but even then, I still believe it’s not enough.

Not enough is said about his ability to pass a ball almost blindly from one end of the field to the other, or his shooting ability from wherever he is on the pitch, or his vision of the game. Not enough was said about the fact that he could have left United on various occasions but didn’t look at other clubs, or that for the last few years of his career he was playing with a blurred eye, or that he had the Osgood-Shaltter disease as a boy and made it pro, or that he has been asthmatic throughout his career and still would run for 90 minutes, or that his son is suffering from being autistic…not enough will ever be said about Paul Scholes. He stayed clear of the media and only focused on Football and his family. Nothing tempted him away from that.

The lucky Manchester United fans out there who were able to watch Paul Scholes play live, will always tell you he was the best player on the pitch during most, if not all, games. I feel privileged enough to say that I’ve seen him play quite a few times in my life, and since his debut until his final game, I watched every single game he played in. Paul Scholes… all we can do, is salute the man. Undoubtely one of the greatest footballers to ever grace a Football pitch.

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What the others had to say about Paul Scholes:


"One of the greatest football brains Manchester United has ever had." – Sir Alex Ferguson

"No celebrity bullshit, no self promotion - an amazingly gifted player who remained an unaffected human being." - Roy Keane

"There isn't a player of his mould anywhere in the world." – Glenn Hoddle

"For me, it's Paul Scholes. He'll do ridiculous things in training like say, "You see that tree over there?" - it'll be 40 yards away - "I'm going to hit it". And he'll do it. Everyone at the club considers him the best." - Rio Ferdinand, when asked who he considers the best player at United

"I tell anyone who asks me – Scholes is the best English player." – Laurent Blanc

"He's my favourite player of all-time, unbelievable. If you give him a chance it's a goal, isn't it?"  - Micah Richards
"I really like him. He's a little boy, but the power in that shot... he can really shoot." – Michael Essien

"I am not the best. Scholes is. Everyone of us should emulate him. We can all learn from Paul Scholes." – Edgar Davids
"My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester United. He is the complete midfielder. Scholes is undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation. There is no doubt for me that Paul Scholes is still in a class of his own. He’s almost untouchable in what he does. I never tire of watching him play. You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get. One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career” – Zinedine Zidane
"Paul Scholes would have been one of my first choices for putting together a great team – that goes to show how highly I have always rated him. An all-round midfielder who possesses quality and character in abundance." – Marcello Lippi
"Without any doubt the best player in the Premiership has to be Scholes. He knows how to do everything, and he is one who directs the way his team plays. On top of that, he has indestructible mental strength and he is a genuine competitor. I can't understand why Scholes has never won the player of the year award. He should have won it long ago. Maybe it's because he doesn't seek the limelight like some of the other 'stars" – Thierry Henry
"He's unbelievable - he's one of the greatest of all time.” – Wayne Rooney
"I am a big admirer of Paul Scholes, he is one of the best players of his generation” – Arjen Robben
"I have no hesitation in putting a name to the embodiment of all that I think is best about football. It's Paul Scholes. Many great players have worn the shirt of Manchester United. Players I worshipped, then lost with my youth in Munich. Players like Denis Law and George Best who I enjoyed so much as team-mates and now, finally, players I have watched closely in the Alex Ferguson era. And in so many ways Scholes is my favourite. I love his nous and conviction that he will find a way to win, to make the killer pass or produce the decisive volley. When a game reaches a vital phase, these qualities seem to come out of his every pore. He's always on the ball, always turning on goal. He's always looking to bring other people into the action and if he loses possession you think he must be ill." – Sir Bobby Charlton
“Why isn’t he playing for England? It is crazy. Only in England. Scholes is a great, great player. So experienced and still, for me, one of the best in the world in midfield. Manchester United are lucky to have him.” – Jose Mourinho
"Fans in Spain rate him very highly and I admire him a huge amount." – Xabi Alonso
"He’s the best midfielder I’ve ever seen. He can pass, score goals with his left, right, his head – he can do anything. And he can beat a player too, plus he loves to nutmeg you! He's unbelievable." - Nani
“He did not get completely what he deserves as a player because he’s not a “media lion”. He’s not one who runs after the media to be in the papers. I respect that." – Arsene Wenger
"When he passes the ball it stays passed. The ball goes exactly where he wants it to. I have always loved him for that. I played against him once or twice and he is an absolute genius. He is a role model for anyone who wants to play football. He is a joy to watch. In fact, I wish he was 21, then I could see his career all over again." - Ian Holloway
"I’d go for Scholesy as the club’s greatest ever player. I’ve seen him do things that no other player can do. The way he can control the tempo of games, and his range of passing, are both incredible. We’ve seen over the years that players just haven’t been able to get near him. And you can’t forget his goals either." – Ryan Giggs

"He is one of the top three to five players to have ever played in the Premier League - his passing, movement and technique set examples to everyone, not just younger players."- Alan Hansen

"To me Paul is a role model. He is the best midfielder I’ve seen in the last 15 or 20 years." – Xavi Hernandez
“For any football player in the Premiership, Scholes is a player you want to emulate. One player does not make a team but there is no doubt that the presence of some players add extra motivation and confidence. Scholes is a player with character and is capable of transmitting that mental strength to his team-mates. He is the one whose level I aspire to. He is the best player in the Premier League." – Cesc Fabregas
“I just love Paul Scholes. He’s been the best footballer in our division for the last ten years. He’s a a wonderful player. If they get hold of him and stop him from playing I think Chelsea will beat them." – Ray Wilkins
“I’m star-struck when I see Paul Scholes because you never see him. On the pitch you can’t catch him. Off the pitch he disappears.” – Luis Figo
“At La Masia (Barcelona’s Academy) his name was mentioned a lot. He’s a teacher.” – Lionel Messi
“If he was playing with me, I would score so many more.” - Pele
“Out of everyone at Manchester United, I would pick out Scholes – he is the best midfielder of his generation. I would have loved to have played alongside him.” – Pep Guardiola

“I want to pass like him. Who taught him how to do that?” - Ronaldinho
“Scholes is the best i’ve played with and he helped me a lot when I was young. He’s amazing.” – Cristiano Ronaldo
“When you talk about the greats of Manchester United, he’s up there with Georgie Best, Bryan Robson, Ryan Giggs and Bobby Charlton just purely for the amount of medals that he’s won, he’s going to be greatly missed by Manchester United.” Gary Pallister
“There is not a better midfield player in the world.” – Sam Allardyce
“He’s always one of those people others talk about. Even playing at Real Madrid, the players always say to me ‘what’s he like’? They respect him as a footballer and see him as the ultimate.” – David Beckham
“It’s a shame he’s not available to play for England. If he was, he’d be the first name in my squad.” – Fabio Capello
“At Arsenal me and Patrick (Vieira) didn’t want to face Scholes. We would avoid him.” – Emmanuel Petit
“I’m more an admirer of Paul Scholes than I am of Ronaldo. Ronaldo is a fantastic player, but he has 10 other great players around him every week…Scholes is one of the most complete footballers I’ve ever seen. His one-touch play is phenomenal. Whenever I have played against him, I never felt I could get close to him.” – Eidur Gudjohnsen  
“Just heard Paul Scholes has retired, best I’ve ever played against by a mile. Most technically gifted player in english history. Legend” – Joey Barton
“Nobody else in the world can play the way Scholes does. The passes he produces all over the field and the way he changes the game is brilliant. Every manager would like him. But luckily he is here and playing with us. Paul practices that all the time. When he has finished training he always goes out and shoots.” – Dimitar Berbatov
"He sees the game unlike any other player." – Terry Venables

"Nobody on this planet had a range of passing like Paul Scholes. Training every day was a pleasure just watching him. Unbelievable career." – Michael Owen
“If you ask footballers to pick out the player they most admire, so many of them will pick Paul Scholes. His passing and shooting is of the highest level and he’s the most consistent and naturally gifted player we’ve had for a long, long time.” – Alan Shearer

"Player I admire most in the Premier League? Easy. Paul Scholes" - Patrick Viera

THANK YOU PAUL SCHOLES!

1 comment:

  1. Always be fearless. Walk like lion, talk like pigeons, live like elephants and love like an infant child.

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