Zinedine Zidane, Xavi Hernandez, Marcello Lippi and now Thierry Henry. Four players who, in their prime, took the world of football by storm. They are also four players who unanimously agree on one thing: Paul Scholes was one of the game's greatest ever players.
Zidane called him his "toughest opponent"; Xavi said he was the best midfielder "in the last 15, 20 years"; and now Henry has decided to jump on the bandwagon, naming him as the best player to have graced the Premier League.
The Arsenal legend could have put a strong case forward for a number of his former team-mates, including himself. Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira have both been mentioned in the debate while Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer would also deserve serious consideration.
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But, speaking to Sky News on Tuesday, Henry hardly hesitated to mention Scholes' name, claiming he was not only one of the best players he has played against but one of the best players he has seen anywhere in the world.
"I would have to go Paul Scholes," he said.
"I don't think people have given him the credit he deserves. One of the best, if not the best, I've played against, he could do anything. Unfortunately for him, when he was playing for the national team, for England, sometimes people didn't see it like that.
"If I had a Paul Scholes in my team, everything would be around him. At Manchester United, they saw it like that, but I think Paul Scholes is one of the best I've played against in this league, and seen anywhere."
Best of the best
Scholes has often been given high praise from professional footballers, but competition to be the Premier League's greatest ever midfielder is high.
Anyone on Merseyside would gladly remind Henry of their legendary captain Steven Gerrard, but the LA Galaxy star's infamous lack of silverware would come back to haunt him.
Scholes, on the other hand, won 11 Premier League titles with the Red Devils along with three FA Cups, two League Cups and two Champions Leagues. That's amazing.
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