Paul Scholes
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Personal information
Full name Paul Scholes
Date of birth 16 January 1974 (1974-01-16) (age 43)
Place of birth    Salford, England England
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth clubs
1991–1992 England Manchester United
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
England Manchester United
England Manchester United
466 (102)
033 00(5)
499 (107)   
National team
England England U18
England England
066 0(14)

Paul Scholes (born 16 November 1974) is a retired English footballer who played his entire professional career for Manchester United and is currently co-owner of Salford City. He is the most decorated English footballer of all time, and one of the most successful footballers in history, having won a total of 25 trophies, featuring 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles.

Born in Salford and raised in Langley from infancy, Scholes excelled in both cricket and football while at school. He first trained with Manchester United at the age of 14 after being spotted by a scout visiting his school, signing for them as an apprentice on leaving school in 1991, and turning professional in 1993. He made his full debut for United in the 1994–95 season. Scholes represented the England national team from 1997 to 2004, gaining 66 caps and participating in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, as well as the UEFA Euro 2000 and Euro 2004 tournaments. Over his career, he has received praise from other managers and players, including Xavi, who called him "the best central midfielder I've seen in the last 15, 20 years". Thierry Henry has cited Scholes as the greatest player in Premier League history. However, Scholes has also been criticised for his disciplinary record, amassing the fourth-most yellow cards in Premier League history with 97, and the most yellow cards in Champions League history with 32.

Scholes made 718 appearances for United, the third-highest number of appearances by any player for the club. Scholes announced his retirement from playing on 31 May 2011, receiving a testimonial match, and began his coaching career at the club from the 2011–12 season onward. However, he reversed this decision on 8 January 2012, and went on to play one more season before retiring again in May 2013.

Personal life

Scholes is asthmatic, and suffered from Osgood–Schlatter disease (a knee condition that affects young athletes). He married his childhood sweetheart, Claire (née Froggatt), in Wrexham in February 1999. They live in the village of Grasscroft in Greater Manchester, and have a daughter and two sons, the younger of whom has autism.

His shy off-field personality is seen to be in stark contrast to the attitude of the stereotypical professional footballer. Roy Keane once highlighted that Scholes did not like the "celebrity bullshit" side of professional sports. With regard to his shunning of celebrity, and instead keeping to his intention to solely focus on doing his job ("a professional footballer"), Keane applauded Scholes after his retirement.

In a rare interview given before Euro 2004, Scholes described his ideal day as "train in the morning, pick up my children from school, play with them, have tea, put them to bed and then watch a bit of TV".



Manchester United




  • Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year (1): 1992–93
  • Premier League Player of the Month (4): January 2003, December 2003, October 2006, August 2010
  • Premier League PFA Team of the Year (2): 2002–03, 2006–07
  • Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02)
    • Domestic & Overall Team of the Decade
  • English Football Hall of Fame Inductee: 2008
  • Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2011–12)
    • Fantasy Teams of the 20 Seasons (Panel & Public choice)
  • FWA Tribute Award: 2012
  • FIFPro World XI Nominee: 2005, 2007

External links

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England – 1998 FIFA World Cup

1. Seaman 2. Campbell 3. Le Saux 4. Ince 5. Adams 6. Southgate 7. Beckham 8. Batty 9. Shearer 10. Sheringham 11. McManaman 12. Neville 13. Martyn 14. Anderton 15. Merson 16. Scholes 17. Lee 18. Keown 19. L. Ferdinand 20. Owen 21. R. Ferdinand 22. Flowers

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England – UEFA Euro 2000

1. Seaman 2. G. Neville 3. P. Neville 4. Campbell 5. Adams 6. Keown 7. Beckham 8. Scholes 9. Shearer 10. Owen 11. McManaman 12. Southgate 13. Martyn 14. Ince 15. Barry 16. Gerrard 17. Wise 18. Barmby 19. Heskey 20. Phillips 21. Fowler 22. Wright

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England – 2002 FIFA World Cup

1. Seaman 2. Mills 3. A. Cole 4. Sinclair 5. Ferdinand 6. Campbell 7. Beckham 8. Scholes 9. Fowler 10. Owen 11. Heskey 12. Brown 13. Martyn 14. Bridge 15. Keown 16. Southgate 17. Sheringham 18. Hargreaves 19. J. Cole 20. Vassell 21. Butt 22. James 23. Dyer

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England – UEFA Euro 2004

1. James 2. G. Neville 3. A. Cole 4. Gerrard 5. Terry 6. Campbell 7. Beckham 8. Scholes 9. Rooney 10. Owen 11. Lampard 12. Bridge 13. Robinson 14. P. Neville 15. King 16. Carragher 17. Butt 18. Hargreaves 19. J. Cole 20. Dyer 21. Heskey 22. Walker 23. Vassell

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