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Manchester United icon Paul Scholes has been hailed as one of the Premier League's greatest midfielders – but the stats are starting to suggest that he has been eclipsed by Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne.
Scholes enjoyed a glittering career at Old Trafford after graduating from the club's academy ranks.
In total, the midfield maestro netted racked up a staggering 718 appearances for United, netting 155 goals in the process.
The United star also won 25 trophies during a career that spanned over two decades in Manchester.
Despite Scholes' being hailed by many as a technical genius and one of the best in Premier League history, his stats don't measure up too kindly to some of the other midfield greats.
De Bruyne is arguably the best midfielder in the Premier League right now and he outperforms Scholes when it comes to personal accomplishments.
The Belgian is a three-time Premier League player of the year award – an accolade that evaded Scholes throughout his fabled career.
De Bruyne has also been crowned as the UEFA club player of the year, whilst he's been named in the Premier League team of the season four times compared to Scholes, who made it just twice.
Of course, statistics and awards aren't everything in football.
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And Scholes talent has been endorsed by some of the biggest and best names in world football.
Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane revealed that failing to play alongside Scholes in midfield was one of the "regrets" of his career.
"He’s almost untouchable in what he does," said Zidane. "I never tire of watching him play. You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get. One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career."
Zidane was even asked in an interview how it felt to be the best midfielder in the world, to which he had a swift response.
“I don’t know, ask Paul Scholes”.
Cristiano Ronaldo also confessed that Scholes was "the best" he'd played with, and that "he helped me a lot when I was young. He's amazing."
Even former Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi, who is now at Paris Saint-Germain, gushed about the ex-United man's talents.
"At La Masia his name was mentioned a lot. He’s a teacher."
Perhaps the most glowing assessment though came from his former boss, Sir Alex Ferguson.
"I think Paul Scholes is the best player in England. He’s got the best skills, the best brain. No one can match him. There isn’t a player of his mould anywhere in the world. Paul is irreplaceable."
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