The only great English midfielder in my career was Paul Scholes. He had elegance in him. Others were pretenders.— Andrea Pirlo
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I wouldn’t swap Paul Scholes for anybody.
He is quite simply the most complete footballer I have ever played with. He is the best.
Best player? For me, it's Paul Scholes.
He'll do ridiculous things in training like say, “You see that tree over there?” - it'll be 40 yards away - “I'm going to hit it”. And he'll do it. Everyone at the club considers him the best.
I'm not the best, Paul Scholes is.
Just heard Paul Scholes has retired, best I’ve ever played against by a mile.
Most technically gifted player in english history. Legend.
Paul Scholes is just fantastic. When you play alongside him, you realise what a special talent he is.
Paul Scholes has been the best England midfield player for 30-odd years.
You'd probably have to go back to Bobby Charlton to find someone who could do as much as Scholes. When the ball arrives at his feet he could tell you where every player on that pitch is at that moment. His awareness is superb.
If you ask footballers to pick out the player they most admire, so many of them will pick Paul Scholes.
Maybe one small regret is that I never got to play with Paul Scholes - but I was never going to leave Barcelona and he was never going to leave Manchester United.
If you ask footballers to pick out the player they most admire, so many of them will pick Paul Scholes. His passing and shooting is of the highest level and he’s the most consistent and naturally gifted player we’ve had for a long, long time.
Nobody on this planet had a range of passing like Paul Scholes.
Training every day was a pleasure just watching him. Unbelievable career.
We won't ever see another one like Paul Scholes.
He is a legend and a real benchmark. He is not interested in the modern-day footballer's life off the pitch, but he is a world-class player on it.
I have played with some great players during my time at United but I would have to put Paul Scholes down as the best.
Paul Scholes is my favourite player. He epitomises the spirit of Manchester United and everything that is good about football.
What United have got that Chelsea haven't is Paul Scholes.
I think he is different to anything else in English football.
Rooney is one of the best players in the world and I love watching him play.
But if you had to pick out only one, then for their history and for all that they have achieved it would have to be Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs. They are two shining examples for any player.
Some of Paul Scholes' tackles come in so late they arrive yesterday.
For years Paul Scholes has been one of the best players in the Premiership.
He's incredible. He has always been under-rated throughout his career. He's a team player, a one and two-touch footballer who makes good decisions on the pitch and makes his team play.
Paul Scholes would have been one of my first choices for putting together a great team - that goes to show how highly I have always rated him. An all-round midfielder who possesses quality and character in abundance.
I love watching little Paul Scholes, he's so in control of what he's doing and is always so accurate and pinpoint with his passing - it's just beautiful to watch.
I'm star-struck when I see Paul Scholes because you never see him.
On the pitch you can't catch him. Off the pitch he disappears.
I am a big admirer of Paul Scholes, he is one of the best players of his generation.
For me, Paul Scholes is on the same level as Ronaldo.
The real Ronaldo, not Cristiano. I always thought he was a great player but after I played alongside him I realised he was Manchester United's greatest player of all time. He did his talking on the pitch which I respected most.
Sad to hear Paul Scholes is retiring, great player, world class player, the English Zizou.
Paul Scholes would have been one of my first choices for putting together a great team.
Without any doubt the best player in the Premiership has to be Paul Scholes.
He knows how to do everything, and he is the one who directs the way his team plays. On top of that, he has indestructible mental strength, and he is a genuine competitor.
Everyone of us should emulate him. We can all learn from Paul Scholes.
Sad to hear Paul Scholes is retiring, what a player! Top class and a great role model for any young English midfield player!
I think Paul Scholes is the best player in England.
He's got the best skills, the best brain. No one can match him. There isn't a player of his mould anywhere in the world. Paul is irreplaceable.
I have no hesitation in putting a name to the embodiment of all that I think is best about football. It's Paul Scholes. In so many ways Scholes is my favourite.
Paul Scholes is the best player I've ever played with. There's talent in every part of his game.
Sad to hear of Paul Scholes retirement! One of the best midfielders to grace the Premiership! Idolised him for years! Legend.
For me, Paul Scholes has been the best midfield player in the Premier League.
By a mile. He has the lot. He scores and creates goals, he can pass the ball, he can head it, and rounds all this off with a competitive streak.
It's only natural to want to select your best players and there is no doubt for me that Paul Scholes is still in a class of his own. He's almost untouchable in what he does. I never tire of watching him play.
Paul Scholes was always unbelievably talented.
Quiet. And dirty. When he got his tackle right, it was a great tackle. But when he got it wrong, he could kill someone. He was so talented and a player I feel honoured to have played with.