The Sun sets on Scholes’ illustrious career

Bye bye Football jersies...

Less than 24 hours after Manchester United FC trophy parade across streets in the city of Manchester, another member of the graduating MU youth team class of ’93, Paul Aaron Scholes has called it day. The former England international said,

“This was not a decision I’ve taken lightly but I feel now is the right time for me to stop playing”. “I am not a man of many words but I can honestly say that playing football is all I have ever wanted to do and to have had such a long and successful career at Manchester United has been a real honour”.

The dynamic midfield maestro is known for his excellent passing skills, shooting ability and scoring quite a number of goals with his head despite  his height.
Paul belongs to the group of players who spend their entire club career in one football club. His Manchester United career began at the club’s youth team before he got promoted to the seniors in the 1994/95 season. He was handed his debut in October ’94 and appeared 17 times in his first season.
By the 1998/99 season, the attacking midfielder had established a formidable partnership with Roy Keane in the centre of the midfield as Manchester United marched on to a historic treble. He showed his versatility and knack for scoring plenty goals when he was drafted to play a second striker’s role behind Andy Cole during the famous Eric Cantona’s suspension, a role he played again to support Ruud Van Nistelrooy in order to accomodate Juan Sebastein Veron when the Argentine arrived at Old Trafford in 2001.
Scholes gave Manchester United 17 years of top class football with an incredible 676 appearances where he won virtually all honors the game has to offer at club level. (10 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 5 Community Shields, 2 UEFA Champions League titles, An Intercontinental title and a FIFA Club World Cup title)

The shy English man also represented his country at various levels. He debuted for The Three Lions in 1997. Scholes who won 66 caps and scored 14 goals was a member of the English team that competed at the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup as well as the European championship in 2000 and 2004.

The Old Trafford midfield general has been acknowledged by many as a football great. Former World player of the year Zinedine Zidane once made this comment,

“My toughest opponent? Scholes. He is undoubtedly the greatest player of his generation”.

Another French man Thierry Henry added his voice by saying

“Without any doubt the best player in the Premiership has to be Scholes… He knows how to do everything.”

World Cup winning coach Marcelo Lippi hailed Scholes has an all-round midfielder who possesses quality and character in abundance.

Even the coach of the recently crowned Barcelona side, Pep Guardiola once said this of Scholes

“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.”

With all the praises and honors won, Paul has decided to bow out when the ovation is still loud.
It’s sad to see another fantastic footballer call it quit but we are honored to have watched him play.

Thank you Paul Scholes.

(To see more quotes on Paul Scholes by players and managers,  click here and here)

A Man United legend.. through and through

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mak_Tavish on June 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    A well decorated player this one *raises hat* didn’t know he spent his whole career in ManU sha o_O


  2. Posted by Bassey on June 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Paulo d great. Wonderful guy obviously one of the best midfielders out of his generation, we’ll miss you Mr.Scholes & thanks for the brilliant plays while you were on duty.


  3. Posted by harphyz on June 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    He remains one of the best ever…. A true United Legend


  4. Posted by victor akhidenor on June 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    What more can be of the maestro absolutely nothing Paul Aaron is undisputed d best middler in his era.some of us who are Reds wept when we heard our hero is bowing out if feels so sad but the writing was excellent in his choice of words and details of one of our greatest player we must give credit to this write up its a excellent one and a hasten to state that reading this facts increased the pains I feel knowing P A Scholes is leaving us nice one writer keep it up


  5. Posted by TiPe on June 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Scholes and his Thunder shots. A consequently consistent midfield maestro. He will be hard to replace. Occasionally feisty with is tackles (in fact he cannot tackle properly without giving off a foul). An eye problem almost cut his career short thank God for HIS intervention the issue was resolved.
    No scandal (sex scandal….yet). Clean like the ref’s whistle.
    We will miss Scholes. Will like to see him work wth the youth academy his knowledge (tacit)should be transfered to the next generation


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