Paul Scholes is, to me, the greatest midfielder of his time.
He has dominated matches throughout his career with some mesmerising passing displays and has been hailed by many as the cream of the crop.
The fiery Manchester United man has always been my footballing idol - he's a one-club player and his performances throughout my childhood made me love the sport even more, and his terrific spicy attitude on the pitch have been admirable. He has lit up the Premier League in the United midfield since he came through the youth ranks and is an ideal role model for any want-to-be footballer.
Fabregas expressed his admiration for the Englishman when he saidMidfield maestro Scholes is hugely admired and respected by everyone in the footballing world, and ex-Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane once said of him: "Scholes is undoubtedly the best footballer of his generation" whilst Barcelona and Spain star Cesc : "He is the one whose level I aspire to. He is the best player in the Premier League."
'The Ginger Prince' has scored some magnificent goals down the years, with his efforts against Barcelona in the 2008 UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg at Old Trafford a stand-out strike, and who could forget his incredible trademark volley against Aston Villa in 2007 to name a couple.
But, as a massive United and Scholes fan, one of my favourite Scholes goals has to be his header against Manchester City in 2010. As the Red Devils looked to only have gained a point against their noisy neighbours, Patrice Evra tossed the ball in from the left side of the City box, and 5"7 Scholes rose above everybody else to score a last-gasp winner. The goal epitomised his career - a spirited effort until the very end for the club he loves.
When Scholes retired from football in 2011, I was devastated. It is just so hard to imagine United, and football in general, without him bossing the midfield; however, when he came out of retirement in January 2012 I was probably just as happy as Sir Alex was!
To me, he just simply has to be the best of his time - and he has shown this season that even at the ripe age of 38-years-old, the most naturally-gifted English footballer of his era, can still control any match he plays in. It personally baffles me how the genius has never received a major individual award.
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