Dimitar Berbatov has described Manchester United legend Paul Scholes as ‘the best in European football’ alongside elite company in Xavi and Iniesta.
Both players were at the club together between 2008 and 2012, and Berbatov has heaped praise on Scholes before, after a 3-0 win against Fulham in 2009.
Berbatov was left in awe after Scholes had netted a 30-yard volley to put Man United ahead, and said that no one else in world football could play the way the English midfielder could.
In the present day, the ex-United striker has now publicised his admiration for how good Scholes actually was to Soccer AM: “Scholes? The best in European football, him together with Xavi and Iniesta.
“There’s a reason that everyone mentions him to be the best. He was going out to training, no warm up nothing, hitting people in the head from 60 yards. He was unbelievable.”
Scholes is widely recognised as one of the most underappreciated English talents of all time, only making 66 appearances for the national team in his 20 year-long career with the last of those coming in 2004, nine years before his retirement.
A large number of past team-mates at Old Trafford and even players who have simply graced the same pitch as him constantly remind us of his quality – Zinedine Zidane famously being quoted “Don’t ask me, ask Paul Scholes” when asked what it feels like being the best midfielder in the world.
Berbatov and Scholes are still United fan favourites today, despite the latter’s uninspiring punditry, and it’s nice to see the respect is there.