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Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes footballer Full Name: Paul Aaron Scholes
Born: 16 November 1974 (1985-10-24)
Hometown: Salford, Manchester
Height: 5ft 7in (1.70m)
Playing Position : Attacking Midfielder
Current Club: Manchester United
Family: Lives with his wife, Claire, and his children, Aaron, Alicia and Aiden, in Saddleworth, Oldham

Paul Scholes has had ties with his club Manchester United from the age of fourteen when he started training there; he later joined them after leaving school as a trainee footballer. He became part of the Manchester United Youth Team which got to the Youth Cup Final in 1993; he turned professional on 23rd July 1993. Scholes played his first game at Old Trafford during the 1994–95 season were he made a good start by scoring five goals from seventeen games. He joined the senior team in September of that year while on his first outing against Port Vale scored two goals in a superb 3-2 victory in the league cup. The following season saw him getting more and more games in the first team and he scored fourteen goals in all games that season.

Paul Scholes has had an amazing career with United and he scored twenty goals in the 2002–03 season and up to 30th April 2008 had scored a total of 139 goals. He has been a important player for United by helping them win several titles including the Premiership title (eight times) the FA Cup (three times) the UEFA title twice. He has a reputation as being a quite man who hardly every gives interviews and doesn’t employ the services of an agent preferring to negotiate his own deal.
Paul Scholes made his first apperance for England during the World Cup in 1998 and whilst playing against Tunisia he scored a goal to secure an England victory. Scholes continued his good run with England and whilst playing against Scotland in Euro 2000 scored both goals in the game which saw England beat Scotland. Scholes also has the dubious honour of being tha last person to be sent off at the old Wembley stadium.

Over the coming years Paul Scholes became a familiar face in the England squad and played in the World Cup in 2002. His prominence in the team ebbed after this mainly due to the tactics of former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson who chose to pair the talents of Gerrard and Lampard in midfield meaning that Scholes had to play out of his normal position left of midfield. Shortly after this his retired from the international stage saying he would like to concentrate on his league football along with spending more time with his family. He has been asked to play for England again on several occasions but has declined to do so.

Paul Scholes has been recognised for his modesty and has been referfed to as the best midfielder in the world, even Sir Alex Ferguson has called Scholes Manchester United's best player in the past. David Beckham has commented that whilst he was at Real Madrid his team mates said that Scholes was the English player they most admired and Sir Bobby Charlton said that Scholes was the only player left that epitomised what Manchester United stood for - “Great Football”.

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