Paul Scholes rated by the greats

01 June 2011 12:09
ShareAs Paul Scholes draws the curtain on a sensational career that included 24 trophies at Manchester United, Sportsmail looks at what the great players and managers have said about the ginger genius.

David Beckham: 'He's always one of those people others talk about. At Real Madrid, the players always said to me 'what's he like?' They respect him.'

'Respect': David Beckham (left) said players at Real Madrid were in awe of Paul Scholes (right)

Laurent Blanc: 'I tell anyone who asks me - Scholes is the best English player.'

Edgar Davids: 'I'm not the best, Paul Scholes is. Every one of us (midfielders) is just trying to become as good as him.'

Cesc Fabregas: 'He is the one whose level I aspire to. He is the best player in the Premier League.'

Thierry Henry: 'Every time we used to play against Manchester United, we always used to be scared of Paul Scholes. His vision, the way he sees the game, his goals ratio. he has indestructible mental strength and he is a genuine competitor.'

'Scared': Thierry Henry (right) says Arsenal admired Scholes more than any other Man United player

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

Kevin Keegan: 'He is different to anything else in English football.'

Marcello Lippi: 'Paul Scholes would have been one of my first choices for putting together a great team.'

Wayne Rooney: 'He'll be missed greatly. He's the best I've played with and against. He's only small but it's so difficult to get the ball off him.'

Alan Shearer: 'If you ask footballers to pick out the player they most admire, so many will pick Paul Scholes. He can tackle and his passing and shooting is of the highest level. He's the most consistent and naturally gifted player we've had for a long time.'

'Naturally gifted': Alan Shearer (right) was full of praise for Scholes

Socrates: 'I love to watch Scholes, to see him pass, the boy with the red hair and the red shirt. Good enough for Brazil.'

Terry Venables: 'He's the best one or two-touch passer in the country. He sees the game unlike any other.'

Patrick Vieira: 'The player in the Premiership I admire most? Easy - Scholes.'

Zinedine Zidane: 'Undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation. He's almost untouchable in what he does. He makes the game look easy because he has so much natural ability.'

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