Twitter thread of footballing greats praising Paul Scholes has gone viral


Paul Scholes was a tremendous footballer.

The English midfielder broke into Manchester United's first-team in 1993 and went on to play for the club until 2013.

In those 20 years, Scholes played 718 times for the club and helped them to 25 major titles.

He is one of the best players in both Man United's and England's history.

However, despite his brilliance during his career, some maintain that Scholes was overrated.

That includes former Premier League player Curtis Woodhouse, who went on an extraordinary rant about Scholes earlier this week.

He sent numerous tweets where he mocked Scholes for never winning United's Player of the Year award, criticised his England career and said the belief that he ran games was a 'footballing myth'.

Woodhouse doesn't rate Scholes - which is fair enough as he's entitled to his own opinion - but there's plenty of footballing greats that do.

And one Manchester United fan, @utdBrett, has put together a thread of some of the sport's biggest names gushing about Scholes.

You can view the whole thread here:

The thread begins with Man United teammates speaking about Scholes...

Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs dubbed Scholes their greatest Man United teammate.

Rio Ferdinand played with a number of the world's best players at United and England, but Scholes stood out above the rest.

Wayne Rooney said that Scholes was 'definitely' the best player he's ever played with.

Dimitar Berbatov said Scholes was the world's best midfielder in his prime.

Michael Owen said Scholes was 'an absolute genius' in one interview.

While Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography said this of Scholes: "People would ask me to pick my best Man United team. You couldn't leave out Scholes.

"Scholes was probably the best English midfielder since Bobby Charlton.

"I heard a presenter say that Gascoigne, Lampard and Gerrard were better. Absolute nonsense."

The thread also includes Edwin van der Sar, Louis Saha, Diego Forlan, Kieron Dyer and more calling him their best ever teammate.

But it wasn't just teammates that recognised Scholes as the best.

Many other massive names in the sport that played against the midfielder have an extremely high opinion of him.

When Thierry Henry was asked about the one player he wished he played with in his career, he said Paul Scholes. He then said he was better than Steven Gerrard.

Patrick Vieira said Scholes was the best English player he had ever played against.

Toni Kroos said Scholes was better than Gerrard and Frank Lampard, Gerard Pique called him 'one of the best players he's ever seen' and Gareth Southgate said he was the 'most gifted player of his generation.'


Xavi called Scholes a 'role model' and said he's the best central midfielder he's seen in the last 15-20 years.


Andrea Pirlo named Scholes in his Champions League dream team, while Pep Guardiola named Schoels the best midfielder of his generation.

"Out of everyone at Manchester United, I would pick out Scholes – he is the best midfielder of his generation," Guardiola said when asked which Man United player he'd have at Barcelona in 2011.

"I would have loved to have played alongside him."

Alan Shearer put Scholes in his ultimate XI, saying of Scholes in 2007: "Paul Scholes has been the best midfield player in the Premier League. By a mile.

"He has the lot. He scores and creates, he can pass the ball, he can head it, and rounds all this off with a competitive streak."

Zinedine Zidane called Scholes 'untouchable' and expressed regret that he never played with him.

“He’s almost untouchable in what he does," Zidane said of Scholes in 2010, per the Mirror. "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.”

Liverpool legend Alan Hansen called Scholes one of the top 3-5 players in Premier League history.


While Marcello Lippi said Scholes would be 'one of my first choices when putting together a dream team.'

What a thread. When so many footballing legends have such a high opinion of Scholes, it makes you wonder exactly why some people simply don't rate him.

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