Paul Scholes

Appearances: 676
Goals: 150

Signed from: Trainee
Debut: 21 September 1994 v Port Vale

Honours: Premier League (95/96, 96/97, 98/99, 99/00, 00/01, 02/03, 06/07, 07/08, 08/09, 10/11), FA Cup (95/96, 98/99, 03/04), League Cup (08/09, 09/10), Champions League (98/99, 07/08), Club World Cup (2008), Intercontinental Cup (1999)

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31/05/2011 09:00, Report by A Bostock, M Shaw

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Forever on his toes, always looking for – and often finding – the killer pass or strike, Paul Scholes was a major force in 17 mostly silver-laden seasons.

In his 676 appearances, Scholes brought great vision and creativity to the team, not to mention a famed ability to belt in goals from outside the box or inside it after making one of his trademark late runs from midfield. His 2008 Champions League semi-final clincher against Barcelona was arguably the best of his 150 goals but there are other candidates; Valley Parade, Villa Park, the pick of his hat-trick at St James' Park... it's quite a catalogue.

As well as winning a remarkable collection of honours including 10 league titles, Scholes also won many admirers in the game. Zinedine Zidane, three-time World Player of the Year, once said, "Scholes is almost untouchable. I never tire of watching him play. You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get."

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