Paul Scholes scored goals galore for Manchester United but he was a man who avoided the sunlight more religiously than Dracula, so it’s no surprise to hear his disdain towards awards.
In his latest column for the Independent, Scholes gave his own views on awards after Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner for a second successive year.
Scholes wrote: “It is at this time of year I get asked, “Wouldn’t you like to have won the Ballon d’Or?”, to which the answer is simple. I was not even the best player in the dressing room at Manchester United. It would have been pushing it to make a claim to be the best footballer in the world.
“That is how I regarded the two awards, the European Footballer of the Year and the Fifa World Player, until they merged. At United there were so many good players in the club that your first task was to get into the team. Then make sure the club was successful on the pitch.
“I could not tell you if I was ever on the longlist for either of them because, for the 22 years of my life as a professional footballer, my thoughts rarely strayed beyond whether the manager was going to pick me for the next game.”
Typical Scholesy, and that’s why Man United fans loved him so much. A man built on principles, he created the limelight but happily walked around it to let others indulge in all its glory. The ultimate provider.
“As for me, I won the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year in 1993 and 22 years later that is still the only one I have got.” Paul Scholes
Scholes was one of the Premier League’s, Man United’s and England’s finest ever central midfielders but he’ll never gloat about that. All that mattered to him was being selected by Sir Alex to play in the next for Man United. He was red through and through and that’s one of the many reasons why Scholes, as a whole player and person, will never be replaced.