He was known as the Wizard of Old Trafford or the Colorado, by that her cheeks were always red hot. So was Paul Scholes, a footballer 19 May 2013 He decided to end a long career that led him to be 20 years competing at the highest level in its entire life: el Manchester United.
With great game vision, ability to arrive in the second line and above all and above all, long shot, It is not unreasonable to say that Paul Scholes has been the best footballer since the Premier League is called that. Your assists, his mastery of the ball and midfield in a team usually full of stars dazzled at a glance. As much as his character that led him to beat the club's record of warnings (120) and to be expelled up to ten times, one of them in Wembley, where he has the dubious honor of being the only English footballer to have seen a red card.
And is that if Manchester United marked his life, his experience with the national team did not leave anyone indifferent. 66 international times with 14 goals were his endorsement in a team with which he played 3 World Cups and three other European Cups. Although it would obviously be with “los red devils”, where Scholes would develop the best of his career.
Asthmatic but with great physical resistance (so long that he held on until 38 years), under the baton of his only coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, Scholes won 11 First, in addition to 3 FA Cup and of course, dos Champions, among them that of 1999 in which his team would come back from two goals in the last minute to Bayern Munich, but in which he could not be for being sanctioned.
Its enormous longevity, comparable to that of his partner Ryan Giggs, sparked many comments among his colleagues by profession. Of the, Socrates said that “had to be Brazilian”, Xavi designated him as the best midfielder of the last 15 O 20 years. Even, Pep Guardiola or Ferguson fell surrendered before so much virtue together in the same man. Previously removed in 2011, the desire of the Scottish coach and the fans finally convinced him that the best thing was to continue one more year. And it is that one of his great skills was not to lower the bar of his level despite his increasingly advanced age to play.
Of his goals, rivers of ink have been written, although several excel in his career. The one achieved in the semifinals of the European Cup of 2008 against Barcelona, the goal in the FA Cup final of 1999 against Newcastle, or his double against Port Vale in 1994, when he was just 19 years. Although none of them, he does as much as his runs on Old Trafford turf. The stadium that saw the talent of one of the best midfielders ever.
Age: 38 years
goals: 107 in 497 matches with Manchester United
International: 66 times
Titles: 11 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 2 Champions League
Four times best player of the month