Paul Scholes – 600 Appearances for UnitedApr 22nd, 2009 | By hannah | Category: Features, Hannah
The United veteran is fantastic ambassador of football and I am an intense admirer of the man. Why you may ask? Because he is a world class English player… yes ladies and gentleman an ENGLISH player whose technique, vision and natural ability rivals the greatest players to ever have graced a football pitch. Because much similar to issues in real life… it’s the small unnoticeable things that matter, the small things which are not noticeable to the “human” eye. Or should I say Sven Goran Ericson’s so called footballing eye. Don’t get me started on that idiot.
Looking back four years ago at Euro 2004, when the entire country had jumped on the “Lampard & Gerrard” bandwagon (courtesy of most of my peers of course) even I had disregarded the Manchester United soon to-be-legend. But I now see the quality the man possesses. His first touch is damn near perfect, his vision, passing range, movement and not to mention he’s got a rocket of a shot and a catalogue of goals which prove it.
My argument is this; how rare is it to see a world class footballer who is not tempted by the flares and glares of modern day football, a player who stays loyal to one club throughout his career, a player who consistently performs week in week out for years on end. Few come but so many go; Diego Maradona, Paul Gascoigne and more recently Ronaldinho have all self-destructed. Just look at Ronaldinho a man so talented it could actually make you cry yet he lacks the passion and mental strength to deal with the pressure of top-flight football to the point where he is looking to play in the ever deteriorating Italian league!
Paul Scholes has been an established first team player sine 1997; he has won 13 major trophies for Manchester United including eight Premiership titles and now it looks as though he will win 9. He is a player with such endless talent and yet such modesty, respect and possess natural passion for the game, he shuns the media spotlight; he does not have an agent and lives a humble life off the pitch. A player so underrated by the Media but true football fans, ex-players and pundits agree he is the most gifted England player since Paul Gascoigne; however he has achieved so much more and in my opinion is a much greater player. He retired from the international stage at the age of 29, which broke my heart but I could understand why, Scholes is a huge family man and knew that England were going nowhere with Sven. What manager would sacrifice getting the best out of Paul Scholes in order to play Frank Lampard? Scholesy was fished out on the left of midfield even though he isn’t left footed or a particularly quick, the words “retard” come to mind when I think of Sven Goran Eriksson. I remember Sven’s final press conference after the 2006 World Cup where he said sorry a thousand times. If only he could apologised for inadvertently shortening the international career of Paul Scholes. He will go down in history as a Manchester United and England legend but perhaps in the future, he will receive the true recognition he deserves. What a player, what a man.
Let’s hope he marks the occasion with a cracking goal.