Rio Ferdinand: Paul Scholes was the ‘most natural’ player at Manchester United

by Sid Choudhary

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has singled out former team-mate Paul Scholes as the ‘most natural’ player he ever lined up alongside.

Ferdinand played with Scholes for the best part of a decade and was lucky enough to witness first hand the brilliance of Man United’s midfield maestro.

Many players, both past and present, have said that Scholes is the best player that they have played against or seen but Ferdinand denied him that title.

Speaking to Shortlist, the BT Sports pundit said: “Paul Scholes was the most natural footballer. But Cristiano Ronaldo was the best.

“You gave him the ball and most of the time he would score a goal. He had an unbelievable desire to become the best in the world and he achieved it.”

Ronaldo joined United a year after Ferdinand and was almost an instant hit. His hard work on the training pitch and the guidance from Sir Alex Ferguson made him into the best player in the world while at Old Trafford.

Scholes, on the other hand, was a more gifted footballer. The likes of Xavi and Zinedine Zidane have said that he was the best midfielder they ever played against and his illustrious career made him a United legend. The former midfielder won two Champions League titles and a quite ridiculous 11 Premier Leagues, making him one of the clubs most decorated players ever.

Sir Alex Ferguson branded both Scholes and Ronaldo ‘world-class,’ but only named two other players alongside them in that bracket, giving an indication as to just what a joy they both were to watch.

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