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Top 25 Paul Scholes Quotes

Updated on July 5, 2011

Top Paul Scholes Quotes

Paul Scholes is one of the best midfielders in the modern game and an amazing footballer, Scholes is actually quite a shy character and yet many have spoken so highly or him and praised the Manchester United maestro and this article features some of the very best Paul Scholes quotes. Scholes is a footballer to be remembered for years to come and has had a fantastic career with Manchester United and has also represented England - yet not nearly enough for his talent which is a shame. On many occassions Paul Scholes has been named as famous footballers inspiration and the best player for Manchester United, The Premier League and in the World!

Paul Scholes - amazing Manchester United midfielder
Paul Scholes - amazing Manchester United midfielder | Source

Favourite Famous Paul Scholes Quotes

There are some fantastic quotes but I have two or three personal favourites which I just think offer so much praise for Scholes they are just perfect and there are many more excellent Paul Scholes quotes. Here are my top 3 quotes by other football legends which makes the quotes even better!

1) My Favourite Paul Schole's Quote by the legendary Zinedine Zidane

"My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder. Scholes is undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation." Zidane

I just think the way he praises Scholes and being such a great player himself shows how good Paul Scholes is, his passing is perfecting and so is his touch and control. I also love the "Scholes of Manchester" and it also highlights Scholes was actually born in Salford and has always played for Manchester United.

2) "I have no hesitation in putting a name to the embodiment of all that I think is best about football. It's Paul Scholes. Many great players have worn the shirt of Manchester United. Players I worshipped, then lost with my youth in Munich. Players like Denis Law and George Best who I enjoyed so much as team-mates and now, finally, players I have watched closely in the Alex Ferguson era. And in so many ways Scholes is my favourite. I love his nous and conviction that he will find a way to win, to make the killer pass or produce the decisive volley. When a game reaches a vital phase, these qualities seem to come out of his every pore. He's always on the ball, always turning on goal. He's always looking to bring other people into the action and if he loses possession you think he must be ill." Sir Bobby Charlton

"I have no hesitation in putting a name to the embodiment of all that I think is best about football. It's Paul Scholes" - There is little praise higher than that from a legend United player.

3) "Very few players can do that, but Scholes is one of them - and I knew he was one of them. That's why, without question, I think Paul Scholes is the best player in England. He's got the best skills, the best brain. No one can match him." Sir Alex Ferguson - possibly the greatest football manager ever!

Alex Ferguson Quotes on Paul Scholes

I decided to make a little section of all the managers quote on Paul Scholes seeing as he has always praised Paul and seen talent in him. Some of these quotes will be repeated but don't worry you will still get 25 original Paul Scholes quotes and this section is just interesting.

From Sir Alex Ferguson

"One of the greatest football brains Manchester United has ever had."

"Very few players can do that, but Scholes is one of them - and I knew he was one of them. That's why, without question, I think Paul Scholes is the best player in England. He's got the best skills, the best brain. No one can match him."

"He has an awareness of what’s happening around him on the edge of the box which is better than most players. As a kid he always had a knack of arriving in the penalty area just at the right time, but he’s proving just as effective from outside the box because he’s using his experience in the right way. It doesn’t matter who I am thinking about bringing into my midfield, Paul Scholes will be included, as he would in any side in the world."

More Paul Scholes Quotes

More Paul Scholes Quotes - All full of praise for the talented midfielder. Look at some of the incredible names in bold praising him!

"Without any doubt the best player in the Premiership has to be Scholes. He knows how to do everything, and he is one who directs the way his team plays. On top of that, he has indestructible mental strength and he is a genuine competitor."

Thierry Henry

"I'm saddened because I think we as spectators, not only in this country but right through out Europe and the rest of the World, will be missing one hell of a footballer."

Ray Wilkins

"He is the one whose level I aspire to. He is the best player in the Premier League."

Cesc Fabregas

“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. He would have been one of the first players I’d have bought, given the chance”

Marcello Lippi

“Why isn’t he playing for England? It is crazy. Only in England. Scholes is a great, great player. So experienced and still, for me, one of the best in the world in midfield. Manchester United are lucky to have him.”

By one Jose Mourinho

"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." 

Sir Bobby Charlton

"When he passes the ball it stays passed. The ball goes exactly where he wants it to. I have always loved him for that. I played against him once or twice and he is an absolute genius. He is a role model for anyone who wants to play football. He is a joy to watch. In fact, I wish he was 21, then I could see his career all over again."

Ian Holloway

"No celebrity bullshit... just an amazingly gifted player who has remained an unaffected human being."

Roy Keane

"England have lost their best player"

George Best after Paul retired from international football

"He's unbelievable - he's one of the greatest of all time."

Wayne Rooney

These are all amazing quotes but you have only seen a little over half there are more Scholes quotes to come in the Top 25 Paul Scholes Quotes.

5 More Scholes Quotes

"People say he is a great player, but you have to define what a great player is. For me, it is a player who has a bottom level that means his worst performance is not noticed. If he is having a bad game, a teammate might feel Paul Scholes is not quite on his game, but a spectator wouldn't notice. Scholes, of all the players I have played with, has the highest bottom level. He has an eye for a pass, for what the play or the game needs at that precise moment, that I have never seen anyone else have. These days he doesn't get into the box too many times, which is where you can see his age, but he has developed tactically. He controls and distributes the play and the game better than anyone I have ever seen."

Peter Schmeichel - amazing former United goalkeeper

"Everyone of us should emulate him. We can all learn from Paul Scholes."

Edgar Davids

 "If you ask footballers to pick out the player they most admire, so many of them will pick Paul Scholes. He can tackle, and his passing and shooting is of the highest level. He’s the most consistent and naturally gifted player we’ve had for a long, long time."

Alan Shearer  (the only dodgy thing is he says he can tackle - erm that's the one he could improve on! He might not be terrible but he certainly is not a good tackler - although he makes some good fouls!) - the rest of the quote is good though!

"He’s the best midfielder I’ve ever seen. He can pass, score goals with his left, right, his head – he can do anything. And he can beat a player too, plus he loves to nutmeg you! He's unbelievable."


"I tell anyone who asks me – Scholes is the best English player."

Laurent Blanc

Man United Biographies

Managing My Life: My Autobiography
Managing My Life: My Autobiography

Ferguson's interesting auto biography

Paul Scholes: The Biography
Paul Scholes: The Biography

Paul Scholes: The Biography

Keane:  The Autobiography: First Edition
Keane: The Autobiography: First Edition

Keanes Autobiogrpahy is very popular and an excellent read - I really would recommend it to you!

Ryan Giggs: My Life, My Story
Ryan Giggs: My Life, My Story

Pre-order Giggs look back at his amazing career for Manchester United and Wales covering 20 years of great football.

Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography
Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography

Beckham's interesting biography is well worth a read and available at a great price. This is the US version of the autobiography.


Manchester United Posters

Last 5 Best Paul Scholes Quotes

“He did not get completely what he deserves as a player because he’s not a “media lion”. He’s not one who runs after the media to be in the papers. I respect that."

Arsene Wenger

"I am a big admirer of Paul Scholes, he is one of the best players of his generation and I honestly think (Wesley) Sneijder is the only player in the world capable of replacing him."

Arjen Robben

"There isn't a player of his mould anywhere in the world."

Glen Hoddle

"He's always in the right position, always seems to be at the end of the box when the ball drops in. The complete midfielder - when he's fit, he's the best. Some go missing but he's in the right place at the right time. He's my favourite player of all-time, unbelievable."

Micah Richards praising Paul saying is his favourite player after Scholes' international retirement and to not play for England.

"I'm more an admirer of Paul Scholes than I am of Ronaldo. Ronaldo is a fantastic player, but he has 10 other great players around him every week...Scholes is one of the most complete footballers I've ever seen. His one-touch play is phenomenal. Whenever I have played against him, I never felt I could get close to him."

Eider Gujohnsen

So there you have it but don't go yet unless you are going to another one of my excellent football Hubs including quotes on famous footballers and managers. Because below are some BONUS quotes!

5 Bonus Quotes

BONUS QUOTES! Seeing as there are so many quotes I added a couple more BONUS Paul Scholes quotes!

"I can't understand why Scholes has never won the player of the year award. He should have won it long ago. Maybe it's because he doesn't seek the limelight like some of the other 'stars'."

Thierry Henry

"Paul Scholes is just fantastic. When you play alongside him, you realise what a special talent he is."

Michael Carrick

"What United have got that Chelsea haven't is Paul Scholes. I think he is different to anything else in English football."

Kevin Keegan

"The player in the Premiership I admire most? Easy - Scholes."

Patrick Viera

And one from Paul himself which is a nice ending showing his personality which is a refreshing change from other footballers and shows he has done so much.

"When it's over I just want to be able to look in the mirror and say, 'Well, you were a half-decent player.'

A young Paul Scholes

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      BlogRichList 6 years ago

      fantastic paul scholes was inspiring to watch.

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      pranksteroo7 6 years ago from New Delhi

      Cool one!! keep writing about Utd!!

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      molibwe 6 years ago from Seoul

      dude, that's true what Zinedine Zidane said about Paul ScholesQuote 2')

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      ns1209 6 years ago from UK - England

      Have a favourite quote about Paul Scholes or know any others? Please share them, I and others love your comments!