Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has tipped long-term teammates Paul Scholes to be a future winner of the prestigious ‘Golden Foot’ award.
Fans from across the world are permitted to vote for a player over the age of 29, with one winner found from the shortlist of ten players each year.
Giggs scooped the 2011 prize, following in the footsteps of legends like Roberto Baggio, Ronaldo and Alessandro Del Piero when claiming the honour on the Monte Carlo promenade.
And, whilst Scholes isn’t on the shortlist for this year’s award, the Welshman believes he’s the perfect candidate to win in the future after returning to action in January and producing his best at Old Trafford.
"I think there's obviously lots of players who could probably receive this award. I think the one that springs to mind is probably Scholesy,” he told a promo video for the Golden Foot ceremony.
“He's still playing with the quality he's got. Obviously he retired and has come back. Since he's come back, he's playing as well as he has ever done. To do that at 37, to dictate games and to control the midfield like he does, I would say he was probably deserving of this award."
From this year’s list of contenders, Giggs gave his support to Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez, despite competition from the likes of Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol.
The Spanish midfielder is occasionally overshadowed by illustrious teammates and opponents in La Liga, but Giggs feels he’s been consistently at the very top of the game for several years now.
"I think Xavi is unfortunate to be in the same team as Lionel Messi and have Cristiano Ronaldo knocking about. Otherwise, he would be probably have been the best player in the world in the last three or four years,” he concluded.
"Him and Scholes have been the best midfielders over the last 20 years quite easily. It could be hard to name one as it could be any of them but probably Xavi for his form over the last couple of years."