I wouldn’t swap Paul Scholes for anybody. He is quite simply the most complete footballer I have ever played with. He is the best.
What makes the difference between a great player and just a normal player is dedication, work, commitment.
If you want to be a professional footballer, you have to respect your profession. You have to respect the people that are making you the star you are. You have to protect the passion every day.
It's better to have ten disorganized players than ten organized runners.
If you ask footballers to pick out the player they most admire, so many of them will pick Paul Scholes.
Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn't thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I'm just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn't paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing.
I take compliments and I take constructive criticism. Not everyone loves you. It's the way you react as a footballer. I use it all to make me play better.
My parents were skeptical about me becoming a footballer and encouraged me to study.
To be a footballer means being a privileged interpreter of the feelings and dreams of thousands of people.
Pulling on your country's shirt is the greatest honour a footballer can have. It's what I always dreamed of as a kid and I get a buzz every time.
Football is something like war. Whoever behaves too properly, is lost.
I'm a footballer, that's my job and that's all I want to be known for.
There would be no debate about who was the best footballer the world had ever seen - me or Pele. Everyone would say me.
I don't recognize myself in the players I see today. There's only one who excites me, and that is Thierry Henry. He's not just a great footballer, he's a showman, an entertainer.
Winning means being unafraid to lose.
Beckham is unusual. He was desperate to be a footballer. His mind was made up when he was nine or ten. Many kids think that it's beyond them. But you can't succeed without practising at any sport.
If you ask footballers to pick out the player they most admire, so many of them will pick Paul Scholes. His passing and shooting is of the highest level and he’s the most consistent and naturally gifted player we’ve had for a long, long time.
Sometimes in football you have to score goals.
Greatness is a lot of small things done well. Day after day, workout after workout, obedience after obedience, day after day.
There is pressure every day as a footballer.
We won't ever see another one like Paul Scholes. He is a legend and a real benchmark. He is not interested in the modern-day footballer's life off the pitch, but he is a world-class player on it.
I wouldn't want to go out six nights a week and watch somebody's reserves playing to check out a footballer to see if we're going to buy him.
I'm actually about as famous as a fourth division footballer from the 70s.
A great pianist doesn't run around the piano or do push ups with his fingers. To be great, he plays the piano. ...being a footballer is not about running, push-ups or physical work generally. The best way to be a great footballer is to play.
Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.
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