Manchester United legend Paul Scholes ended the greatest ever debates in a column which he wrote for The Independent. The former football player praised the players with whom he shared a pitch with, and put Lionel Messi above all of them.
“I think about the great players with whom I have shared a pitch: Eric Cantona, Zinedine Zidane, Pirlo, Xavi, Cristiano Ronaldo — and the greatest of them all is Messi.”Paul Scholes
The 33-year-old shared a pitch with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, so his opinion came quite shocking for the Juventus star’s fanbase.
Paul Scholes of Manchester United pressures Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Manchester United and Barcelona at Old Trafford on April 29, 2008 in Manchester, England. | Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images
Scholes has faced the Argentine 4 times in his career — the semi-final legs in 2008, and the 2009 and 2011 finals. Scholes recalled the moment he will never forget:
“It was a moment I will never forget. He went past me, I stuck out my leg and Lionel Messi went over. This was at Old Trafford in 2008 in the second leg of our Champions League semi-final against Barcelona and, with the score 1-0 to us, I had fouled him in our area. Yes, I scored the only goal of the tie, and it was one of my better ones. But I will never forget that couple of seconds when the best footballer in the world deceived me into fouling him and I waited for the world to fall in.”Paul Scholes